A hybrid truck to feed Toronto’s hungry & prevent food going to waste.Second Harvest


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  • Feed more hungry people
  • Increase delivery capacity from 6 mil to 6.5 mil lbs of food per yr
  • Reduce the number of social service agencies on our waiting list
  • Improve our environmental impact by reducing toxic emissions 30-35%

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Second Harvest's current fleet of 7 refrigerated trucks is at the heart of an operation that delivers over 15,000 meals a day to more than 200 social service agencies in Toronto. These agencies provide food to children in need, the working poor, seniors on fixed incomes, women fleeing domestic abuse, homeless people, psychiatric patients and thousands of others who have fallen on hard times.

Due to the 2008 financial crisis the demand for food in Toronto has increased by approximately 20% and our food recipient agencies predict that this level of demand will continue to grow.

The purchase of a hybrid truck will allow us to pick up more food while making a serious commitment to a sustainable environment by "greening" our fleet of trucks. By diverting over 6 million lbs of food from landfill in 2009, we prevented over 1 million lbs of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. The purchase of our first hybrid truck will allow us to continue to positively impact the environment.

How will the $100K be used?

Budget Notes: The Pepsi Refresh Grant would cover 91% of the costs to put a new 22ft Second Harvest Hybrid truck on the road. The remainder would be paid through additional grants from current Second Harvest supporters.
$ 100,000 Cover 91% of the costs to put a 22ft hybrid truck on the road

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