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Second Harvest theft hampers deliveries during busy holiday season

Last Updated Dec 16, 2017 at 7:08 pm EDT

Second Harvest, a “food rescue” organization that collects and distributes surplus food to social service agencies, says it was robbed during one of their busiest times of year.

In a statement released on Saturday, the organization said the robbery occurred on the evening of Dec. 10, moments after their last driver had left for the night.

Surveillance video released by the organization shows two men pulling up in a Dodge Caravan and removed three batteries from one of their delivery trucks.

Second Harvest says the theft led to delays in food deliveries to 253 social agencies in Toronto and food hubs across Ontario, providing over 30,000 meals per day.

“December is an especially busy time for us with our Turkey Drive, our annual holiday food-raising campaign that unites Loblaws shoppers and volunteers in locations across the city, to ensure hungry Torontonians can enjoy a warm, holiday meal,” they said in a statement.