Food Waste: Toronto and Food Waste

The City of Toronto is developing a Long Term Waste Management Strategy which presents a unique opportunity for food waste reduction and diversion to be strategically included as a priority. Click here to learn more about the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy and how you can participate.

Local food rescue and redistribution organizations contribute to Toronto`s food waste management by actively reducing the amount of food waste entering the waste stream.

Not Far From the Tree has volunteers pick fruit from trees in the city. The harvest is shared equally with homeowners, volunteers, and emergency food assistance organizations and community kitchens.

Second Harvest collects donated surplus food that would normally go to waste and re-distributes it to emergency food assistance organizations in the city.

Community Food Organizations in Toronto teach food skills and how to reduce food waste.

The West End Food Co-op holds workshops and events to build food skills (i.e. canning and preserving) and has hands-on cooking workshops in its community kitchen.

Foodshare holds workshops and events to build food skills (i.e. canning, composting, preparing vegetables). Some workshops are also open to schools.

The Stop Community Food Centre as well as the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Center also teach food skills.