During the 20 year span, Empty Bowls has provided more than 1 million meals and counting throughout Waterloo Region.View Blog Post
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)
1 in 20 Households Need Food Assistance
Here’s How We Help
We are at the Center 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.View Map
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.
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.
"In 2017, 35% of all food we distributed was fresh, and we are looking forward to significantly increasing that number now."
CEO, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
""I wanted to help." "
"“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.""
"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."
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.