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Innovation in Waterloo Region Means Food for Those in Need

June 24th, 2015Media Releases

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The unique, collaborative Community Food Assistance Network in Waterloo Region was recognized with the Food Bank Innovator Award at the recent Food Banks Canada conference. Working together has meant access to more nutritious food and increased effectiveness in delivering the many services needed to help the most vulnerable in this community.

“We came together as a team of food assistance providers to enhance a system that has had and will continue to have significant impact on the lives of families in our community,” said Wendi Campbell, Executive Director of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. “This collaboration ensures that no matter where you live in Waterloo Region you have access to programs and resources nearby.”

Sponsors, donors and food bank delegates from across Canada were in attendance to recognize excellence and commitment to addressing hunger in Canada through high-impact initiatives. The Waterloo Region model involves a network of more than 100 community programs providing a wide array of services, targeting the needs of food insecure neighbours. At the centre are two food banks, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank, providing food for emergency hampers, community meals, shelter and residential programs throughout the Region.

The Community Food Assistance Network will be even more important over the summer months when donors are preoccupied and donations drop significantly. The food banks will continue to be relied on to provide food for 360,000 meals June through August. Donations of both food and funds are needed. More information on how to help can be found at thefoodbank.ca.