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Ontario 211 Services, in collaboration with local 211 data partners, are working with Second Harvest Food Rescue to help match donated surplus food from retailers/businesses with local non-profit organizations who provide food and meals in their communities.

About Second Harvest and

A project recently completed by Second Harvest and Value Chain Management International (VCMI), “The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste,” identified that considerable amounts of surplus edible food is not reaching those in need. As part of its food rescue efforts, Second Harvest has launched a sophisticated online tool called ( connects businesses possessing surplus edible food (donors) with food agencies and organizations (recipients), thereby enabling more food to be recovered and redistributed than otherwise possible. To develop a strategy for rolling out nationally and which complements Canada’s food policy, VCMI is geographically mapping the barriers and challenges of organizations involved in the recovery and redistribution of surplus food in Ontario and nationally. The project is a world first.

Participation from Food Security Agencies and Agencies which Provide Food to Clients

To enable VCMI (working on behalf of Second Harvest) to understand the barriers and challenges associated with surplus food recovery and redistribution, the survey below has been created to gather insights from those of you who provide food or food programs in your communities. The information will not only help to shape the online matching tools, but will also identify where there might be service gaps that can be filled with donated food from businesses in your area, along with the incidence and impact of identified barriers and challenges geographically. The survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey deadline is Friday, June 14, 2019.



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