Executive Message

Working Together
So No One Goes Hungry

We are proud to be part of a Food Assistance Network consisting of two food banks working collaboratively with over 100 community programs supporting 36,000 people in Waterloo Region. In 2012 the Province of Ontario announced there would be significant changes to discretionary benefit allocation. This meant a significant impact on our Network. Although The Food Bank does not receive any of this funding, these budget cuts will decrease the amount of funding received by several food hamper programs in Waterloo Region that distribute food to clients receiving Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support benefits.

The Food Bank helped establish a working group of the affected agencies to work with Region of Waterloo Social Services staff. This group determined the short and long term impact of the funding cuts and advocated for additional support from Regional Council to bridge the gap. The group met with and informed council about the needs in our community, the work being done by the Food Assistance Network and the importance of Regional support.

On January 16, 2013, Regional Council approved additional funding to supplement the provincial dollars allocated to our community. This means vital supports will be maintained, allowing the Food Assistance Network to continue to address food insecurity and to look for more efficient and cost effective ways to deliver services.

Special thanks to the other members of the working committee, John Neufeld (House of Friendship), Pat Singleton (Cambridge Self Help Food Bank), Don Harloff (Woolwich Community Services), Rick Sheasby (Salvation Army), Trisha Robinson (Wilmot Family Resource Centre) for their work & support of this innovative and progressive charitable food distribution system. It is a pleasure collaborating with you.

Support from our donors & community partners has allowed us to build this $12 million food system that meets the needs of our community, nourishes our neighbours and maintains the health of our community. Thank you!

Wendi Campbell, Executive Director

 

Please feel free to contact Wendi or other members of our team with questions you have about The Food Bank of Waterloo Region by accessing our Staff Directory.

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