March 9, 2018Stories
When I was a kid, my family was a recipient of food assistance thanks to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. I want you to know what a difference you made to my life.View Blog Post
Kids with empty bellies have less energy and less ability to concentrate at school, affecting their ability to learn and threatening their growth, development and well-being. You can help.
Canstruction® is a unique, international event engaging designers, architects and engineers to use their talents to help those struggling with food insecurity. The event raises funds, food and awareness for local food banks.
*NEW* This year we have scheduled two weeks for teams to choose from (April 15 – 22 and May 6 – 13) both at Conestoga Mall
of fresh, frozen and non-perishable food each year
When you give to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, you help provide vital food assistance each year to:
32,640 People • 8,178 Children • 3,080 Youth • 1,110 Seniors
Thanks to strong partnerships throughout the community and the food industry, The Food Bank is able to do a lot with a little. Each $1 donated enables The Food Bank to provide healthy food for 3 meals distributed through the Community Food Assistance Network.
"This is a good place to be. I used to donate food to the Food Bank. It was strange how I came here. I came here one time getting a hamper and something inside told me to talk to somebody about volunteering. So I talked to Jessie."
Volunteer - House of Friendship (a program in the Community Food Assistance Network)
The Community Food Assistance Network provides essential meals, shelter, nutrition outreach, counselling and connection to many other services.
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.
In 2016, 32,640 individuals were served by the community Food Assistance Network of Waterloo Region.
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 been recognized with a national food bank innovation award.View Map
Addiction treatment, food hampers, appliance repair, community centre programs, summer camp, shelter and supportive housing — these are all services that House of Friendship provides to help everyone in our community belong and thrive.
There are many ways that you can get involved and support hungry neighbours in Waterloo Region from upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Please, support our vision to channel our community’s energy so 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
"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."
"By giving today you can deliver nutritious food to someone struggling through hard times. "
Executive Director The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
"Your support plays a critical role in helping families."
Executive Director, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
"We are blessed to have The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and donors like you who provide the money to keep our community programs running."
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.