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    go without food and drink in daylight hours to build
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  • FEATURED AGENCY

    HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP

    Addiction treatment, food hampers, community centre programs,
    summer camp, shelter and supportive housing are all services that House of Friendship provides.

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  • Most Needed Items

    Peanut Butter, Canned Fruit, Rice, Canned Meat & Fish, Pasta Sauce, Cereal, Canned Vegetables and more!

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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 2/3 of the food we provide 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.

In 2016, 32,640 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.

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Upcoming Events

  • "Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. "

    Elizabeth Andrew
  • "You can give kids a hunger-free and carefree childhood. "

    Wendi Campbell
    Chief Executive Officer, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
  • "Your support plays a critical role in helping families."

    Wendi Campbell
    Chief Executive Officer, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
  • "When I can't fill an order; I feel so bad. But there's nothing I can do when we just don't have the food."

    Juergen Wetteskind
    Volunteer, 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.” "

    Laurie Cowell
    Co-Founder, Waterloo Potters' Workshop Empty Bowls

Our Mission

Through community partnerships, we obtain and distribute emergency food from our neighbours for our neighbours.

Our Vision

To channel our community’s energy so no one goes hungry.