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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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Lutherwood provides safe space to youth in need

Safe Haven Youth Services

“We offer a variety of programs to help youth and children facing crisis situations be successful in life and home,” said Lindsey White, Program Supervisor, Safe Haven Youth Services. “We work closely with a number of government and community partners – such as The Food Bank of Waterloo Region – to ensure youth and children have the support necessary to be successful at home and once they leave the program.”

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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.

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  • "“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
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  • "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."

    Pat McCandless
    Volunteer - House of Friendship (a program in the Community Food Assistance Network)
  • "I wanted to help."

    Kiril
    Age, 11
  • "In 2017, 35% of all food we distributed was fresh, and we are looking forward to significantly increasing that number now."

    Wendi Campbell
    CEO, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

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.