Donate the Difference

A Second Harvest Hero Challenge

2021 Donate the Difference

Live waste wise, reduce your food budget by 10% and Donate the Difference!


Every year, we toss out 2.3 million tonnes of perfectly good food, costing Canadian households an average of $1,766 a year.

It's unsustainable and unjustifiable waste, and we can all do our part to reverse this trend. We are challenging households to reduce their food waste and food costs and donate the difference back to Second Harvest.

Throughout the campaign, we will share tips and kitchen hacks that can reduce your food waste and save you money - like freezing and eating leftovers, turning overripe fruit into gelato, buying only what you need and using smarter storage.

Canada’s most heroic challenge is to end hunger and food waste. Close to 60% of all food produced in Canada is wasted annually, while 1 in 7 families experience hunger. Second Harvest acts as the bridge between this healthy food and those that need it most across the country. We work across the supply chain from farm to retail to rescue and distribute surplus perishable, nutrient-dense food to over 2,300 social service agencies, helping the most vulnerable people across Canada.

Second Harvest needs the support of Heroes like YOU to help us rescue this food before it gets to landfill and provide nutritious meals to those in need. Food from Second Harvest is provided free of charge to a wide variety of organizations including homeless shelters, women's shelters, kid's lunch and after school programs, centres for people experiencing mental health or addiction issues, and many other community resource centers where people in need can access basic services. For every dollar you raise, Second Harvest is able to provide two healthy meals for people in need. 

Through Donate the Difference you can help us achieve our goal of raising $25,000 to provide more than 50,000 meals for individuals and families across Canada this summer!

Inspired to take the challenge? See how much you can save at secondharvesthero.ca.

To register, please click above or contact Kris-John Kucharik at 647-223-5553 or at hero@secondharvest.ca.

Thank you for being a Second Harvest Hero!

Thank you to our generous sponors:

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