Second Harvest (Food Rescue Volunteer)

Organization Name: Second Harvest
Opportunity Title: Food Rescue Volunteer
Category: Driving / Transportation
Commitment: Less than 6 months, 6 months to 1 year, Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: November 15, 2021
End Date: February 15, 2022

  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
  • Training or orientation required
Opportunity Description:

Are you passionate about the environment?  Do you hate seeing good food go to waste? Join Second Harvest in getting surplus, unsold food to local food agencies who support people experiencing hunger by becoming a Food Rescue Volunteer! The Second Harvest Food Rescue App connects food donors directly with social service organizations that supply healthy, fresh food to those experiencing food insecurity. Using the Food Rescue online platform and app, we have expanded to now support over 2300+ food service agencies across Canada in getting healthy, unsold surplus food to people experiencing hunger. Second Harvest is looking for volunteers in Halifax, Dartmouth, Timberlea, Lower Sackville, Bedford, Cherry Brook, and Lawrencetown to make food deliveries to social service organizations that do not have the capacity to rescue food from local businesses… Let’s rescue food together! FOOD RESCUE VOLUNTEER ROLE: Food rescue volunteers will play a vital role in transporting food donations to under resourced community organizations. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Use Food Rescue online platform to view and transport food claimed by social service organizations on a recurring basis (ie. weekly), within your preferred radius Transport surplus food from local food businesses by foot, bike, or vehicle using proper food storage for health and safety Confirm successful rescues on the online platform and provide ongoing feedback to Second Harvest staff during the pilot test phase TIME COMMITMENT:  Three-month minimum commitment Approximately 1-2 hours per week; daytime, evenings, weekends Ongoing opportunity with flexible scheduling VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: Passionate about the environment, food rescue, and reducing hunger Reliable and committed Age of majority (19 years or older) Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 25 lbs Moderate use of technology (email, website, online personal profile management) Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY: Masks must be worn at all times while picking up/dropping off food donations and volunteers must follow all Second Harvest health and safety protocols. The Food Rescue Volunteer opportunity is currently in the pilot phase! We are excited to build a team of testers to help us offer a new service to local communities and we look forward to hearing from you. HOW TO APPLY/CONTACT TO APPLY: Please contact Adrienne Tsandelis at  All volunteers must complete an official volunteer application, phone interview and reference check.

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