1 in 20 Households Need Food Assistance
Here’s How We Help
We are at the Centre of a Network of 100+ Agencies & Programs
The Community Food Assistance Network provides essential meals, shelter, nutrition outreach, counselling and connection to many other services.
More than 68% of the food we acquire and distribute to the Community Food Assistance Network is fresh or frozen.
Our fleet of refrigerated trucks, large cooler and freezer make it possible to safely transport and store thousands of pounds of fresh, frozen and non-perishable food.
We are a source of reliable information about hunger and food assistance in Waterloo Region.
Last year, 34,552 individuals were served by the community Food Assistance Network of Waterloo Region.
The Food Assistance Network
The Community Food Assistance Network is a system of more than 100 community agencies and food programs, providing food and connection to other vital supports needed by children, seniors, families and individuals–every day. The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Cambridge Self Help Food Bank are at the centre of this Network, actively sourcing fresh, frozen and non-perishable food for distribution.
Initiated in the 1980’s by a group of local social service agencies, this incredible food system has grown and evolved with our changing community and food industry to help alleviate food insecurity. It has taken years to construct and be recognized with a national food bank innovation award.
"I just want to make a difference."
"Laurie Cowell and Rose Startek started the local instance of Empty Bowls nineteen years ago to support The Food Bank of Waterloo Region to get people fed. It is very much a hands-on effort: each year Waterloo Potters’ Workshop members shape clay bowls by the hundreds with their own hands."
""The Food Bank made it very easy for someone so young, with children of her own, to ask for help. There was no judgement. No shame.""
Food Bank recipient
"Little did I know, years later I would land at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and work with local, provincial and national partners to feed our communities and advocate for change."
Chief Executive Officer, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
"Coming here as a volunteer, I knew I was having an impact and making a difference. That’s when I knew I had to work here."
Partnership Manager - Food & Sponsorship at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
Through community partnerships, we obtain and distribute emergency food from our neighbours for our neighbours.
To channel our community’s energy so no one goes hungry.