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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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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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November 19, 2018Events

Giving Tuesday Kicks Off Unofficial Giving Season

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 marks the unofficial start to the holiday season with Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that – following the craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday – encourages people to support and give back to organizations and causes meaningful to them.

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  • "I just want to make a difference."

    Allan Bush
  • "Thank you for caring about your hungry neighbours. Your support is sincerely appreciated."

    Wendi Campbell
    Chief Executive Officer, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
  • "“Brock Solutions has a long history of supporting The Food Bank. They’ve provided food for more than 162,200 meals since 2006. Always creative, the Brock Solutions team has shown their support through food & fund drives, volunteering, and competing in the Great Food Sort Challenge. This year they have raised their support of food banks to even greater levels, by engaging all remote offices. Brock Solutions is truly leading by example and helping the community in which they live and work.""

  • "“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
  • "“The Food Bank is a huge contributor to our community and a great place to make a big difference. You don’t necessarily have to donate money, donating your time is just as important.” "

    Dan Gibson
    Father, The Baby Gang

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.