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.
"Through the Fresh Approaches Food Centre, we have been able to accept donations that in the past we were unable to distribute"
CEO, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
"“Empty Bowls has become part of our community, we see many groups returning each year to enjoy the soup and to support The Food Bank.” "
Co-Founder, Waterloo Potters' Workshop Empty Bowls
"Thankfully, we have strong relationships with many corporate and community partners, that help us ensure no one goes hungry."
"The food I received made such a difference to me and my kids. It not only allowed us to have a special holiday meal, it made us believe in the magic of Christmas. I'm so thankful to be part of such a caring community."
Food Assistance Recipient
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.