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Five apps that help you give back

From battling food waste to making it easier for you to donate your blood

Dean Lisk


For those facing food insecurity, Flashfood works with grocery stores and offers produce, meat, dairy and other groceries near their best before dates at marked down prices, usually at least 50 per cent. Participating stores include some Loblaws, Superstore and No Frills locations across the Greater Toronto area.


The official app of Canadian Blood Services, GiveBlood allows Canadians — except in Quebec — to book and confirm their appointments, manage their donations and keep track of when they have given blood. It also provides information on the nearest donor centre to where you are in case you have the urge to give.

Ontario Corps

Released by the Salvation Army of Ontario Corps, this app was created to connect residents, volunteers and city officials, so they can be kept up to date about important information and events — from every day needs to disaster assistance campaigns. It is available in multiple languages.


Available as on app, as well as a desktop version, GiveShop allows you to post and sell items you no longer want, with the proceeds going to a charity of your choice. Among the list of participating GTA charities are Autism Speaks Canada, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada.

Too Good To Go

Created to help fight the problem of food waste, this app allows shops and restaurants to create surprise bags of surplus food that members of the public — they need to register on the app — can then “rescue” at onethird the original price, preventing it from going into the garbage.





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