Weston King’s food programs are supported by donations of food from Second Harvest. Unlike a food bank, Second Harvest deals primarily with fruits, vegetables, milk, frozen foods and meats. They collect this perishable food that would otherwise go to waste and distribute it to approximately 250 social service programs in the Metro Toronto area.
Every morning seven refrigerated trucks leave the Downsview warehouse and head to the four corners of the city, picking up high-quality, perishable foods that would otherwise go to waste. Their food donors include grocery stores, food manufacturers and distributors.
Second Harvest drivers pick up this fresh food and transport it within hours to the front lines of hunger - to community centres, shelters, breakfast programs and drop-in centres such as WKNC. These social service agencies provide food to children in need, seniors on fixed incomes, women fleeing domestic abuse, homeless people, psychiatric patients and thousands of other who have fallen on hard times.
Second Harvest is a registered, not-for-profit charity that relies on donations from foundations, corporations and individuals. They don't receive ongoing funding from the government or United Way. And though they maintain a small, efficient paid staff that manages our daily operations, Second Harvest is led by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by hundreds of dedicated volunteers.
WKNC estimates the value of the food delivered by Second Harvest is over $25,000 a year. After the truck leaves WKNC staff and volunteers store the food and add it to the inventory so the donations can then be used for the daily menus.
As well, volunteers and Board Members have participated in training opportunities offered by Second Harvest.