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Kraft Canada's Capacity Building Grant Helps Provide Fresh Approaches


The Food Bank has a new 7,708 cubic foot cooler! Our freezer has been expanded to 8,787 square feet.  This major construction was possible thanks to the Capacity Building Grant from Kraft Canada (through a Food Banks Canada program). By expanding our facilities we have increased our capacity to accept, store and distribute fresh fruits and vegetables and other perishable food for our agencies and the families they serve in Waterloo Region.

These changes allowed us to proactively engage with partners across the community to promote our increased capacity. We are looking forward to distributing even more delicious, nutritious perishable food year round through our Fresh Approaches Program!


Royal LePage Wolle Realty "Christmas Classic"

Royal LePage Wolle Realty in Kitchener weighed in with contributions of over 2,400 lbs of food and over $12,000 to The Food Bank

Wolle customers, families and friends filled six theatres at Empire Theatres on December 8th, 2012 for the family-friendly movie "Wreck It Ralph". The price of admission was at least one non-perishable food item per family member and cash donations were made by appeal to local business.

Thank you for your support Wolle Realty!


Girls Hockey Day 
January 13th marked the 2nd Annual RBC Kitchener Girls Hockey Day. During a campaign to see which team could raise the most food for The Food Bank, the girls of the Atom A Lady Rangers collected an astonishing 2000 pounds! This earned them the privilege of wearing and keeping custom jerseys (provided by First Impressions and worn with pride in the photo) commemorating the day. Having already raised and collected close to 3,500 pounds of non-perishable food items, the girls asked the rest of the community to join in and bring donations.


Agfa HealthCare shows what they CAN do!

 Agfa HealthCare called their food bank challenge Yes We CAN. They sure can!

Altogether they raised 3,646 lbs of much needed non-perishable food
Thank you Agfa!

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3rd Annual Manulife Food Sort Challenge

Team Winners illustrated how we are all winners when we work together to help those less fortunate. Team Third Time's The Charm proved the saying to be true! This was the third year for this team to compete in the food sort challenge and this year they were successful, sorting more food per capita than any of the other 15 teams in the challenge. Congratulations Manulife employees - your efforts resulted in 57,165 lbs of food ready to go out to the 78 food programs we service...So No One Goes Hungry!

Some Manulife sorting action below...


 2012 Stuff A Bus Campaign
57,835 lbs+$35,451 = combined made the 19th Annual Stuff A Bus Campaign a great success!
Thank you to Waterloo & Halton Region's Elks and Royal Purple Lodge for your donation of $7500. (left photo) Jeremy Leckie, Food Bank of Waterloo Region Driver excited for the grand total! (right photo)

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Balsillie School of International Affairs Holiday 2012 Rice Drive


Did someone say rice?? The Balsillie School of International Affairs kept very busy collecting one of our most needed items, Rice! In the end, BSIA donted over 3,000lbs. Thank you!

To see what else is in high demand, please visit our of Most Needed Items List.

Pebblecreek Area Food Drive

          Neighbours of the Pebblecreek area in Kitchener donated 423 pounds of food on December 16th, 2011!  This came with a generous $300 donation from the builder in the area - Pidel Homes.

Pebblecreek residents would like to put out a challenge to other KW neighbourhoods to beat this amount of food.

Thanks to everyone who made this a success! Organizers plan to make this an annual event - hoping to beat this years total, next year.


Click here for a link to the flyer that was distributed prior to the collection of food.

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Fall Food Drive Competition at Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) raises 1,327 lbs. and $558.00 for Food Bank!

For our 2011 Fall Food Drive, OTIP held a company-wide 'build' event. The competition was huge, each of the 10 departments wanting to outdo others. This event was all about creativity as you can see from a few examples above! The winning team/department received a trophy made out of wooden fruit, along with bragging rights. Together OTIP's teams donated 1,327 Lbs of food. With cash donations collected over the two-week event and money raised from their Healthy Workplace Month Lunchtime Throw-Down, OTIP also donated $558.00 to theThe Food Bank.  

Thank you for your support OTIP and sharing this creative event with us! 


The Food Bank of Waterloo Region is thrilled to announce Research In Motion has made a donation that will allow us to purchase a new refrigerated truck. The truck will pick up fresh food products five days a week from local retail outlets, farmers and auctions and deliver it directly to food programs. The donation is made to coincide with CanBuild, the company's annual employee food drive, which runs from May 30 to June 17.

"RIM is proud of its partnership with The Food Bank of Waterloo Region by supporting them and the valuable service they provide to our community," said Dave Jaworsky, Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility.


 Last year close to 900,000 Canadians stepped through the door of a food bank. Tuesday May 31st, 2011 on National Hunger Awareness Day, local MP's, other food security and poverty agencies in Waterloo Region and community donors came together at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region to sort food and discuss hunger in our community. Follow the discussion on Twitter. #hungerawarenessday

The lunch served at this event was prepared with items found in a food hamper.

Click here to link to the recipe for the delicious Hawaiian Baked Bean Soup!

 pic_digin.jpgThank you for DIGGING IN on Saturday May 14, 2011!

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank worked together with volunteer teams from local businesses, service groups, sports teams and schools and raised 122,950 lbs of much needed food donations.

You can read the full media release by clicking HERE.

Manulife Corporate Food Sorting Challenge

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region had its first ever corporate food sorting challenge. This was a great pilot program and we hope to offer this kind of opportunity to many more companies next year. 

Thank you to Manulife Staff and our amazing Team Leader volunteers for sorting 920 boxes of food. These boxes contain a variety of food for our agencies to use in their food programs!

Here are a couple of photos from the first day of the challenge.

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Please visit The Food Bank's facebook page to read and see more about the Manulife Corporate Food Sorting Challenge! 

One Community, One Purpose, One Great Day

Neighbours helped neighbours by collecting food donations door to door, purchasing extra food while doing their grocery shopping, bringing donations to many sites around the Region, holding bbqs, and special events like the DIG IN Battle of the Bands.


The Food Bank collected over 70,000 lbs on Saturday at donation sites throughout the Region. An additional 70,000 lbs was raised in the days leading up to the event. This means that The Food Bank is in a good position to meet the growing needs of over 70 community food programs throughout the summer. "In the first year of operation The Food Bank distributed 75,000 lbs. To see the equivalent amount raised in one day is inspiring", says Tim Jackson, President of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region's Board of Directors.

"Our goal for today was not just about food collection - it was also about community engagement" says Food Bank Executive Director Wendi Campbell. "The spirit and commitment of this community to help their neighbours is amazing." Over 500 volunteers canvassed neighbourhoods, handed out bags at grocery stores, staffed donation sites, helped with transportation logistics and organized special events today. "All of the excitement and activity today came together for one purpose and resulted in one great day for The Food Bank and those who rely upon us. This is one great community."

Click here to learn about DIG IN.

Congratulations to the award winning teams:

MTE Consultants Inc., A Fortress Against Hunger - People's Choice and Judges Favourite

Stantec Consulting Ltd., Time is Ticking Away - Structural Ingenuity

Waterloo Architecture Student Association, Building a Long Lasting Community - Best Meal

Leadership Waterloo Region - Class of 2009, Together We Can Achieve GRAND Results

- Best Use of Labels

Medicalis, A Grand Stile- Honourable Mention

See photos of all the structures here.

Canstruction® Waterloo Region was a great success thanks to the hard work of the 13 teams, volunteer support and public enthusiasm. Over 29,000 cans of much needed food and over $1,000 was raised to assist The Food Bank!

More details...

Curves 'Survivor' Food Drive Challenge

The ladies of Doon Curves in Kitchener have made their current food drive fun by giving it a 'Survivor' theme and by turning it into a challenge. They have had amazing results, raising over 1700 lbs in the first week!

Final weight of food raised: 5646 lbs!!! Congratulations and thank you!

Thank you for setting an extra place at your table during the 2009 holiday season!

Due to your generosity, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region raised 239, 500 lbs of food during our Holiday Food Drive.

Thank you to everyone who showed their support through food and monetary donations, by coordinating food drives and by volunteering your time.

Stuff-a-Bus 2009

The annual Stuff-a-Bus food drive and fundraiser took place at Zehr's (Laurentian) over the weekend of December 11, 2009 and was coordinated and sponsored by KOOL FM, Grand River Transit and CTV. The public was invited to fill the bus with non-perishable food items and managed to raise 67, 972 lbs of food and $66,931! Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this event including the U14A Kitchener Boys Soccer Team "Pumas". This is the third year the Pumas helped un-stuff the bus.


On May 21, 2009 over 450 people came to the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery to select a beautiful one-of-a-kind pottery bowl while enjoying delicious soups and breads provided by local chefs. This annual fundraiser helps ensure The Food Bank of Waterloo Region is able to meet the growing need for emergency food in our community. The 2009 Empty Bowls event raised $18,782.00 bringing the grand total raised by the event to well over $ 128,000 over the past 11 years.

Pictured: Wendi Campbell, Food Bank Waterloo Region, Robert J. Williams, Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery President, Robert Achtemichuk, Executive Director of the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Rosemarie Startek, Waterloo Potters' Workshop and Mary King also with the Waterloo Potters' Workshop.

Kitchener-Waterloo Academy of Medicine's

Livin' La Vida Local Fundraiser Gala raised a total of $14, 350 for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region this April. The event was held at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery on April 24th, 2009 as a gathering of medical professionals in our community. Local restaurants and caterers offered their talents to the fundraiser, which included an incredible and fully edible Food Bank display (pictured left) by Sweet Sweets Cake Art!

Thank you for supporting our

Spring Food Drive!

With your help, our 2009 Spring Food Drive raised a total of 210,388 pounds of food. These donations will be used to make sure that no one in our community goes hungry through the summer months.

The Spirit of Giving at The Food Bank

At The Food Bank, we have been so fortunate in being able to witness, first hand, the generosity of our community during the Holiday Season. This year has been no exception as more and more of you demonstrate through food drives, special events, or simply out of your own pockets what you can do for those less fortunate at this time of year.

In just one example of this generosity, Rick Campbell (pictured above) turned his annual Christmas Bonus into a donation to The Food Bank! Rick donated $1000 worth of

non-perishable food to us this December, giving those in need a very large Christmas Bonus this year! Thank you, Rick, and to all of those who have shown us the spirit of giving!

Kitchener Collegiate Institute supports our Fall Food Drive

Through the participation of their Physics Club (pictured left and right) and the events organized at their high school, KCI raised a total of 1183 lbs of food! To help make their food drive successful, Instructor Alan Jewitt-Dyck awarded his Physics Club members 10 points for each item donated that was listed on our Most Needed Food Items page and 1 point for every item not on the list. A total of 10,000 points was awarded to the two classes.

Nutri-lawn and Raytheon show their support for Thanksgiving Food Drive!

The staff at Nutri-Lawn (pictured left) collected 1189 lbs of food which

was matched by $1189 by their company!

Raytheon (right) raised an amazing 2354 lbs of food and $413.81 in financial donations!

Congratulations go out to both organizations for running such successful food drives and for thinking of our neighbours in need.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

9th Annual Kitchener Council's Grillefest kicks off Oktoberfest and supports The Food Bank!

This year's Grillefest was the most successful yet! Thousands turned out on a bright and sunny October day to kick-off the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest celebrations and enjoy lunch (authentic Oktoberfest sausage) provided by M&M Meat Shops and served by Kitchener City Council members and staff. All proceeds went to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

The Food Bank staff and volunteers (pictured above) were there to help collect donations and together we raised at total of $6,089.60 in donations and 620 lbs of food! We would like to thank all of those involved in making this year's Grillefest such a success.

Fall Food Drive Kicks Off!

Our Fall Food Drive Kick-Off this year showed an encouraging amount of support from members of our community. With the help of Dave Jutzi (91.5 The Beat), the Golden Triangle Sikh Association, the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Orchestra, Safe Haven Shelter, Gary Attack, Nutri-lawn and many others we announced our goal of raising 350, 000 lbs of food! This amount is equivalent to approximately 25, 000 filled Food Drive bags.

Please help us reach our goal this year by organizing a Food Drive between now and October 14th. See our Food Drive page for more information on how you can get started. We need your support!

Download our Media Release (.doc)

We're Renovating!

Courtesy of The Holmes Foundation and Conestoga College, our food sorting area will undergo a much needed renovation this Fall! The Food Bank was chosen out of a number of worthy candidates.

Our staff and volunteers are looking forward to these improvements that will help us to better serve the needs in our community.

Stay tuned for updates on our progress!

The Food Bank was proud to be involved in Music and Movies In The Park this summer with The Beat Goes On, Princess Twin Cinemas, The City of Waterloo and Kool FM. Everyone enjoyed live music and watched great movies on Canada's largest outdoor screen from July to August, Thursday evenings at Waterloo Park. All events were free with a donation to The Food Bank!

This year, Music and Movies raised a total of $477.04 in financial donations and 3,356 lbs in donations of food!

Thank you to The Beat Goes On, Princess Twin Cinemas, The City of Waterloo and Kool FM and also everyone who came to enjoy Music and Movies In The Park! See you next summer!

Canstruction wins at Volunteer Impact Awards!

Pictured L-R: Guy Exley, Peter McGuire, Michele Baumgarten, Angela Moisse, Wendi Campbell, Gwenanne Jorgenson, Tim Jackson, Russell Wong. Photo courtesy of Depiction Photography.

Canstruction Waterloo Region received the Innovative Volunteer Involvement Award at the recent Volunteer Impact Awards hosted by the Volunteer Action Centre. This award is presented to a voluntary or public sector organization whose innovative and creative volunteer involvement programs successfully engage local volunteers. Thank You, again, to all who helped make Canstruction such a success!

HSBC Supports The Food Bank!

Pictured above: On June 25th, their first day of volunteering, HSBC managers presented Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator Rose Tanyi (centre) with a cheque for $1000 to help The Food Bank distribute food where it is most needed in our community.

Each week until Christmas this year, four HSBC employees will be volunteering at The Food Bank! They will be helping the warehouse run smoothly and providing valuable customer service to our agencies and donors. Volunteers are the heart of The Food Bank!

National Hunger Awareness and Lunch Money Day

June 5th, 2008

On June 5th, National Hunger Awareness Day, several union organizations treated someone in need to lunch by donating their lunch money to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. For every $1 donated we are able to distribute over $8 worth of emergency food to our neighbours in need. Thank you to all who participated in Lunch Money Day this year!

Also as part of National Hunger Awareness Day, five classes of grades 7 and 8 students from Laurelwood Public School visited The Food Bank from June 5 - 6 to focus their attention on hunger in our community. The students brought in the results of their food drive, sorted food and participated in a situational game called "Hunger" to help them realize the everyday occurrences that can add up to needing assistance. Thank you to all the students and teachers from Laurelwood who participated in raising awareness!

2008 Golf Tournament

at Rebel Creek Golf Course

was proud to be this year's Title Sponsor

Thank you to all of our golfers, sponsors, committee members, volunteers and everyone involved in this year's fantastic (and chilly!) Golf Tournament at Rebel Creek on May 27th. This was our 12th Annual Tournament and our most successful yet. With your help, we raised over $40, 000 for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region! Wow!

Congratulations to the Second Foundation team who were the winning foursome of the Tournament!

Thank you, Waterloo Region! Our 2008 Spring Food Drive raised a total of 194, 884 lbs of food for those in need in our community. While we fell slightly short of our initial goal of 205, 500 lbs, our total represents an increase of more than 10, 000 lbs of food donations from our Food Drive last Spring! Thank you to everyone who showed their support to The Food Bank this year.

Casey's Feed the Soul

April 28th to May 25th

Through April and May 2008, when customers ordered an item from Casey's Feed the Soul menu, $1.00 was donated to the Ontario Association of Food Banks and The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Thank you for your support!

See the OAFB Feed the Soul page or Casey's for more information ...

Empty Bowls 2008

May 15 at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

The 11th Annual Empty Bowls event at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery was a huge success! This year we raised an amazing $18, 745 for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Our hope is that each time the empty bowl is taken from your cupboard at home, it will serve as a reminder that someone else's bowl was empty and that on this occasion, you helped alleviate hunger in our community.

Thank you to the potters who donated their time and talents to make this unique event so successful. Thank you to the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery for hosting this event once again. It is the perfect venue! And, thank you to all the restaurants and vendors who donated their materials and expertise to ensure a wonderful experience for everyone.

It Starts With One Can!

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region is looking for teams to participate in Canstruction®, a food-raising competition that takes place for the first time in Waterloo Region from March 28 through April 4, 2008 at Conestoga Mall as part of the Spring Food Drive.

Canstruction® is an international building competition developed to bring together, in the spirit of friendly competition, engineers, architects, designers, construction professionals and students to design and build structures using canned and packaged food. More...

The deadline has been extended!

To enter a team, become a sponsor or for other ways to help, contact The Food Bank by phone 519-743-5576 ext. 249 or by email.

It's not too late to donate to the Spring Food Drive!

We need to raise 205,500 lbs

to meet the need over the next 6 months.

Please help reach this goal by registering your food drive or making a donation of non-perishable food or cash.

More about the food drive...

Thank you Canstruction Waterloo Region teams and supporters! Together you raised 31,803 lbs of food for The Food Bank!

Thank you to KOOL FM/Oldies 1090, CTV and GRT. The annual Stuff A Bus campaign raised 48,846 lbs of food and $26,937 for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank. Thanks to the Kitchener U12 Pumas Rep Soccer Team for unstuffing the Kitchener bus! More...

Please Set an Extra Place at Your Holiday Table

There are many ways to "set an extra place" to remember a family or child in need of food assistance.

Food donations can be made at any local grocery store, food drive, or at The Food Bank. Cash donations may be made online or by calling or visiting The Food Bank.

Vol. 3 of the KW Bilingual School vocal students CD will be available at The Food Bank, Long & McQuade, Waterloo Community Arts Centre, 25 Regina St. Visit for other locations and information.

Recording artist Mati Haskell is offering a Music Down Load Card campaign for the Food Bank. Read more at

Thanksgiving Food Drive Underway!

Sept 26 to Oct. 10

We need 350,000 lbs of food.

Please set an extra place at your table by organizing a food drive, making a donation of food or cash or participating in one of the many events happening in our region to support The Food Bank. Donations can be made at any local grocery store, firehall, food drive or at The Food Bank.

See our calendar of events for some special things happening in our community...

Local business Crown Courier helped kick off the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Crown has donated their services to help the Thanksgiving Food Drive for over 8 years. More...

The Roofman Inc., K-W Community Foundation, the Trillium Foundation and many community donors set an extra place by making the campaign for a new roof a success.

Sun Life hosted 96.7 CHYM FM's George & Tara show as part of the CHYM Cares Feed Hope Campaign. Sun Life raised 6,779 lbs of food this fall. The Home Harware family of stores are accepting cash and food donations to support this campaign.

See our calendar of events for some special things happening in our community.

Empty Bowls 2007 raised $16, 791 for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

L-R: Rosemarie Startek, Katharine Schmidt, Beth Cotter and Robert Archtemichuk.


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