The mission of Forgotten Harvest Canada is to relieve poverty and hunger in Ontario by rescuing surplus, prepared and perishable food and donating it to emergency food providers.
Forgotten Harvest Canada was formed in 2011 and fights two problems: hunger and waste.
What we do
Forgotten Harvest Canada collects surplus, prepared and perishable food from a variety of sources such as farmers, manufacturers, wholesale food distributors, grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, dairies and other Health Unit approved sources.
This highly nutritious, donated food—that might otherwise go to waste—is delivered safely, and free of charge to emergency food providers, primarily in Windsor Essex County. The individuals and families served are as diverse as the community’s residents – young and old, from all backgrounds and faiths.
Modeled after Forgotten Harvest in Detroit area, the highly efficient food rescue model brings the much needed resource of refrigerated trucking to be able to safely rescue & deliver fresh, perishable food to supplement shelf-stable food traditionally provided by local food drives.
Recipient agencies in network: 45+
Types of recipient agencies
Emergency food providers serving low income persons, including schools, transitional group homes, church feeding programs and food banks.
Primarily Windsor-Essex County, although we share surplus food with Sarnia, Chatham and Toronto food assistance programs as well.
Number of food donors: 26+
Since inception, Forgotten Harvest Canada has transported more than 1,000,000 pounds of rescued food to feeding programs, schools, and shelters in Ontario. According to food industry standards, 1 pound of food = approximately 1 meal, so this is the equivalent of One Million Meals.
Forgotten Harvest Canada operates under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors with the help of staff and Board members of Forgotten Harvest in the Detroit area.
Forgotten Harvest Canada is a non-profit organization funded by individual and corporate contributions, faith based organizations, service groups, fundraising events, and a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Tax receipts are issued for donations. Registered Charity #80584 4917 RR0001.