Sprott Basis is donating $ 2.5 million to Second Harvest to assist enhance entry to wholesome meals through the pandemic

TORONTO, June 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization, announced today that the Sprott Foundation is doubling its support for Second Harvest’s food rescue and redistribution efforts this year to $ 2.5 million has to improve access to healthy food during the pandemic and beyond.

The Sprott Foundation has been supporting Second Harvest since 2005 and has given transformative gifts in response to the urgent needs of COVID-19. In the summer of 2020, the foundation raised funds for Second Harvest to distribute $ 10 million in grocery gift cards to nonprofits across the country in response to increasing food insecurity due to the pandemic. 25 percent of these gift certificates went to indigenous-led organizations in the north.

The Sprott Foundation also provided a $ 5 million milestone gift in 2019 to enable Second Harvest to purchase a new facility at 120 The East Mall in Etobicoke, ON. This new 48,000 square foot facility will have increased refrigeration and storage space, allowing Second Harvest to triple its capacity to reclaim excess perishable foods such as protein, dairy and produce.

Second Harvest’s goal is to reclaim and redistribute £ 50 million of surplus food annually by 2030. Research by Second Harvest shows that 11.2 million tons of potentially salvageable edible food is lost or wasted in Canada each year, part of the 35.5 million tons of total food loss and waste in the food supply chain. Research shows that 58% of all food produced in Canada is lost or wasted.

“When I think of food waste in this country, it is really terrifying,” said Juliana Sprott, Chief Giving Officer of the Sprott Foundation. “Second Harvest is looking for interesting solutions to a major challenge. We love working with them because their work is so intelligent and helpful. If you do not have the basics of life, such as food or shelter, you cannot thrive in any other capacity. “

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“The amount of food that is lost and wasted in the Canadian supply chain has always been unsustainable, but during a pandemic the illogic of not saving and redistributing this great healthy, unsold food is evident. That’s why we’re so grateful to the Sprott Foundation, ”said Lori Nikkel, CEO of Second Harvest. “Your generous support and shared vision were instrumental in providing Canadians with great, healthy food from coast to coast to coast.”

About the second harvest
Second Harvest is the largest food rescue organization in Canada and a global thought leader in food recovery. We work along the entire supply chain – from agriculture to retail – catching excess perishable food before it ends up in landfills and has a negative impact on our environment. The Second Harvest Food Rescue App connects businesses with surplus groceries with local nonprofits to make sure good food gets through to the people. In the face of the global pandemic, Second Harvest leads the Food Rescue Canadian Alliance (FRCA), which brings together government, industry, indigenous communities and the nonprofit sector to ensure food reaches the most vulnerable members of our communities, coast to coast to coast . Learn more at https://secondharvest.ca/.

About the Sprott Foundation
The Sprott Foundation is dedicated to fighting homelessness and hunger in Canada. The foundation supports initiatives that enable those in need to be self-sufficient and dignified. https://www.sprottfoundation.com/

For more information or to schedule an interview:
Lori Nikkel, CEO, Second Harvest
E: [email protected]
M: 647-382-0159

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