I took the kids to Second Harvest today at 1450 Lodestar Road. I wanted the kids to appreciate the logistics involved when working with grocery retailers, food manufacturers, food distributors, the Ontario Food Terminal, St. Lawrence Market, event planners, hotels and restaurants to prevent good food from going to waste.
It's amazing what they do with limited space and resources. They run 8 trucks every day of the week ensuring the primarily perishable food is delivered to a network of more than 215 social service agencies across the city. They are food banks, meal programs, children’s breakfast programs, community centers, drop-in centers, summer camps, women’s shelters, homeless shelters and centers for addiction and mental health treatment.
The food Second Harvest rescues is perfectly good food that has been donated because it is close to expiry and likely won’t sell, overstock, mislabeled, discontinued, discounted or has damaged packaging. If you're a potential food donor, please go here.
A big thanks for Second Harvest for opening their doors to me and my kids and for the great tour. Support Second Harvest by running a Lunch Money Days fundraiser. Click here to find out how.