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FOODRESCUE.CA

connecting surplus food to those experiencing hunger

Second Harvest Homepage

FOODRESCUE.CA

connecting surplus food to those experiencing hunger

Second Harvest Homepage

FOODRESCUE.CA

connecting surplus food to those experiencing hunger

No Waste. No Hunger.

Second Harvest lives by these words every day.

Rescuing food in Toronto for 32 years has taught us how food producers in our city really care about reducing waste. We also see the ever-growing need to provide fresh, healthy food to those experiencing hunger. That’s why we’re creating a new method of food rescue to recover surplus, good food before it becomes landfill. FOODRESCUE.CA is a simple, practical way for us all to make a difference in our amazing community.

Rescuing food in Toronto for 32 years has taught us how food producers in our city really care about reducing waste. We also see the ever-growing need to provide fresh, healthy food to those experiencing hunger. That’s why we’re creating a new method for rescuing good food before it goes to waste. FOODRESCUE.CA is a simple, practical way for us all to make a difference in our amazing community.

Stop food from going to waste by offering surplus to those who need it most.

We are developing this website to make it easy for businesses with excess food to donate to social service organizations.  If you are interested in learning more, please check out our FAQ section.

If you would like to receive updates about our progress in building this site, or if you would like to take part in piloting our program, please fill in the form below!

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FOODRESCUE.CA FAQ

If your business has surplus food and you’re interested in becoming a food donor, or if you’re part of a charitable or not-for-profit service organization looking to augment your food program, please review these frequently asked questions.

If your business has surplus food and you’re interested in becoming a food donor, or if you’re part of a charitable or not-for-profit service organization looking to augment your food program, please review these frequently asked questions.

What is Foodrescue.ca?

Second Harvest is building this website to connect food donors directly with social service organizations that supply healthy, fresh food to those experiencing food insecurity.

How will it work?

Food businesses will register online and enter details of the excess food they wish to donate, along with the location and pickup time.

Social service organizations wanting to participate will register and be screened by Second Harvest to ensure safe food handling and proper use in food programs. Once approved, an organization will be able to receive notifications of available food donations according to chosen settings: geography, food type, pickup times available, etc. Representatives will be responsible for rescuing this food at the time and location the food donor specifies.

What type of businesses can use Foodrescue.ca?

Any food business in Toronto will be able to register on this system: food retail outlets, coffee house chains, hotels, restaurants, bakeries, caterers, prepared food producers. Essentially, all food business operators who have surplus could redirect this food to the thousands of people experiencing hunger in this city.

Who can receive the donated food?

Charities and not-for-profit organizations can rescue this nutritious food to support community initiatives, such as student nutrition programs, after-school programs for children and youth, drop-in meals for seniors, transitional housing, and shelters throughout the city. The type of food offered will vary from each donor and what can be rescued will be up to each organization depending on food storage capabilities, which we will help to assess.

Is the food safe to eat?

Yes! For 32 years, we have rescued and delivered perishable food in a timely and safe manner. Our food donors and recipient organizations will need to comply with Second Harvest’s strict food donation and recovery regulations to ensure the most effective food rescue possible.

What type of food won’t be rescued?

Food safety is of paramount importance to Second Harvest, our food donors, and the social service organizations we support. To ensure everyone is safe, we cannot rescue:

  • leftover food that has been ‘plated’ and served
  • prepared food with meat, egg or milk products that’s been sitting at room temperature for over 2 hours
  • food or drinks with alcohol and/or medicinal ingredients
  • packaged food that’s been opened or has a broken seal.
How is this method of food rescue different?

We currently rescue one million lbs of food each month from over 400 food businesses who contribute larger-scale donations on a regular basis. Yet even with our trucks on the road 7 days a week, we continually receive calls from retailers and food producers with offers of smaller food donations that are too small for our fleet to pick up. Foodrescue.ca will allow any size of food donation to be easily rescued by the local community, ensuring that fresh, healthy food will get to those who need it most.

When will this website be ready for rescuing food?

Foodrescue.ca will be ready for beta-testing with select participants this winter. We anticipate full community use of the platform in the spring of 2018.

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Cori MacPhee
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