Food rescue organization helps rebuild communities after recession
TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Today Second Harvest, a charitable organization
that rescues and delivers perishable food items to social service
agencies in Toronto, delivered its six millionth pound of food for this
year. This is the first time in the organization's twenty-five year
history that such a high volume of food has been recovered in a single
In 2009 the social service agencies that receive food from Second
Harvest reported a 20-30 per cent increase in people coming through
their doors requiring assistance. Agencies specifically saw a large
increase in those who are considered 'working poor' - people affected by
job loss or reduced work hours.
Melissa Dedic, Foodraiser at Second Harvest says, "we are committed to
feeding Toronto's hungry, especially during difficult times. This year
we responded to the dramatic increase in the demand for food by growing
our food donations significantly. The food we recover and donate helps
those most affected by the recession start rebuilding their lives."
One of Second Harvest's food recipients, the Salvation Army on River
Street, operates a food bank and a café that serves 100 meals a day.
According to Wayne Rumsby, a community pastor at the Salvation Army, the
past two years have been a challenge for the organization. "We are very
thankful to be on the receiving end of Second Harvest's work. Good food
should not end up in landfill when people in our community are hungry,"
All food items distributed by Second Harvest are perishable goods that
would otherwise go to waste. Donations are supplied by community-minded
restaurants, grocery stores, food manufacturers and distributors. Second
Harvest is grateful for the generosity of all their food partners.
In addition to feeding hungry Torontonians, Second Harvest also
prevented over one million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from
entering the atmosphere this year by diverting excess food from
landfills. To learn more about Second Harvest or to make a donation,
please visit secondharvest.ca.
About Second Harvest
Second Harvest is a charitable organization that takes a common-sense
approach to hunger. For the past twenty-five years Second Harvest has
been picking up donated, perishable food, which would otherwise go to
waste, and delivering that food to over 200 social service agencies in
Toronto. Recognized for efficiency and impact of services, independent
research group Charity Intelligence Canada named Second Harvest a Ci
Recommended Charity in 2009. The organization recently received a 'Grade
A' from MoneySense magazine.
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