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Hunger Awareness Week Underscores the Importance of the Fall Food & Fund Drive

September 22nd, 2015Media Releases

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“No one should be ashamed to access food assistance. It is an important support that helps get your life on track,” said Lina Shamoun, owner of Artline Salon and past recipient of food support in Waterloo Region. This message encapsulates Hunger Awareness Week Sept. 21-25.

At the second annual Waffles in the Warehouse more than 100 guests heard the story of Lina’s family, one of thousands that need help in Waterloo Region each year, and the vital role The Food Bank played in their lives.
“We wanted this event to do two things,” said Wendi Campbell, Executive Director of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. “Help give hunger a voice in our community and launch the Fall Food & Fund Drive.”

Hunger Awareness Week is a national campaign organized by Food Banks Canada to help Canadians understand why food insecurity exists in our country and who is experiencing this solvable problem. Each of the speakers at Waffles in the Warehouse provided valuable information helping the guests better understand hunger nationally and locally, who is accessing food assistance and how food builds futures so our community will be stronger.
This fall we need to raise food & funds to provide 435,000 meals. This will provide 14 weeks of food support in Waterloo Region. Each dollar donated provides food for 3 meals. Most needed food items include canned meat & fish, peanut butter, canned fruit and dry beans.

Food insecurity is experienced by Canadians year round. Richard Hepditch, Waterloo Fire & Rescue Chief, shared his family’s story of recovery at last year’s Waffles in the Warehouse. Today, he announced a new program as part of the Fall Food & Fund Drive and issued a challenge to the guests. “What can you do to support and inspire others in our community to provide more food, funds and time to build the futures of the 1 in 20 households needing support?” he said.

More than 33,000 people received essential food support last year in Waterloo Region. Nearly 825,000 Canadians needed food support last year. One in five of these people are working. There is no one type of person that turns to food banks for help.

The community is asked to talk about local hunger, make a donation, organize a food & fund drive. More information can be found at