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    Open House: October 24

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    Positions include: perishable food sorting, driver/driver’s assistant, and customer service

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  • Most Needed Items

    Peanut Butter, Canned Fruit, Rice, Canned Meat & Fish, Pasta Sauce

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  • Food Brings People Together

    At Ray of Hope food plays an important role.

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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 been recognized with a national food bank innovation award.

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The Food Bank truck being unloaded at Ray of Hope Kitchener

Ray of Hope

Food brings people together in different ways. It can drive social change, bridge cultures, create conversations and build communities. At Ray of Hope – a local organization providing life-changing care and services for those struggling with crime, addiction or homelessness – food plays an important role.

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How To
Get Involved

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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  • "By giving today you can deliver nutritious food to someone struggling through hard times.  "

    Wendi Campbell
    Chief Executive Officer, 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
  • "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
  • "We have built a great relationship with The Food Bank. We know that by working together, we are able to get food to those in need."

    Jon Hill
    Donor Relation Specialist, Ray of Hope
  • "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."

    Kendra
    Food Assistance Recipient

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.