The Leftovers Foundation is one of Canada’s largest, tech-enabled food rescue charities. We reshape how our communities fight poverty, reduce food waste, and save our environment. 

How We Help

Our programs mobilize the community to rescue and direct food in an effort to reduce food waste and increase access.

Get Involved

Whether you want to volunteer, donate food, donate financially, or receive food, there is a program for you.

Service Agencies

Get rescued food and focus on your programs

Why We're Doing This

Canada is one of the largest food wasters on the planet. We throw out a quarter of our fresh food and release about 193 million tonnes of greenhouse gases per year, just in food waste. We need to rethink our food systems, inspire change, and build a sustainable future together.

Over 700,000 meals provided

Over 1.2 million lbs of food diverted from landfills

Over 400,000 lbs of greenhouse gases diverted from the atmosphere

IDEA Commitment

(Inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility)

The team at the Leftovers Foundation recognizes that issues within our food systems are deeply rooted in racial, economic, and social inequities. We want to be an organization working towards positive change, acknowledging our shortcomings, and committing to doing better. We are at the beginning of a continual journey towards addressing the systems of oppression that impact marginalized communities. 

Click here to learn more about the actions we're currently taking

Providing formal IDEA training for all staff and key volunteers with an aim to bring attention to unconscious bias and a deeper understanding of different types of privilege

Providing paid internal resources in the form of a part-time, executive-level position dedicated to IDEA and an IDEA leadership committee to move initiatives forward

Implementing an intentional and focused DE&I strategic plan that will assess how we can make equity and inclusion a priority in all areas of our organization, such as hiring, engagement, fundraising, and program delivery

We are continually learning and adapting to create a better, more inclusive space for those from marginalized communities and welcome feedback and dialogue. 

Please connect with us by reaching out to our VP IDEA & Admin – Darany at darany@rescuefood.ca.

Anti-Racism Commitment

In addition to our IDEA commitment, the Leftovers team also understands that many inequalities are perpetuated by white supremacy and the historical oppression of BIPOC communities, which we fully condemn. As we continue to educate ourselves and deepen our understanding of how this impacts the communities we serve today. 

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Continually educate ourselves deeply about anti-racism, especially within the food system

Extend anti-racism work into all areas of our internal policies and practices

Ensure racial inequity is discussed openly as part of moving towards a more just food system

Amplify the voices of those with lived experiences and prioritize their perspectives in our decision making

Ensure the safety and inclusion of marginalized communities