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Fall Is A Time To Learn About Food Insecurity And Take Action

September 26th, 2017Media Releases

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Our community’s Fall Food & Fund Drive will kick off on Sept. 30 with the help of 1000 high school leadership students from across Canada. These students have travelled to Waterloo to participate in the Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC) happening from Sept. 26-30. CSLC organizers chose The Food Bank of Waterloo Region as their service focus and will draw attention to the reality of food insecurity here and in their home communities through workshops, speakers and activities. After the conference, these young leaders will be taking their experiences related to food assistance and many other topics back home to inspire action.

On Sept. 30, from 10 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm. students and staff from 200 schools across the country will be at grocery stores and neighbourhoods in Kitchener and Waterloo encouraging everyone to do what they can to help Waterloo Region residents who are struggling to put food on the table.

“We chose The Food Bank as our community service focus because hunger is too often a hidden a reality in Canada,” said Sandy Millar, CSLC conference co-chair. “The students attending CSLC are interested in learning, making friends and ultimately making a difference. Working together for a cause to which they can all relate will be a great way to take what they have heard throughout the week and put it into action here and back home.”

More than 860,000 Canadians need food support. Here in Waterloo Region there are 32,600 children, seniors, individuals and families that need help from our Community Food Assistance Network. This Fall, residents are asked to help The Food Bank of Waterloo Region raise enough food and funds to provide more than 400,000 meals by organizing or supporting food & fund drives in their workplaces, schools, places of worship or neighbourhoods. Anyone organizing a drive should register it at Donations can also be made anytime at grocery stores, fire halls, or police divisions. Currently, the most needed food items include canned meat & fish, rice, dried beans, canned fruit, hot cereals, beans in sauce, canned pasta, stews & chili, tomatoes & sauce. Financial donations are also critical. By working together with food industry and community partners, The Food Bank is able to provide food for 3 healthy meals with each dollar donated.

“Lack of food means more than hunger,” said Wendi Campbell, Executive Director of The Food Bank. “It can be a barrier affecting health, work and school. We are so grateful to the CSLC students and the community for working with our Network to help us eliminate this barrier.”


About the Canadian Student Leadership Conference

The Waterloo Region District School Board and Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School are pleased to host the 33rd annual Canadian Student Leadership conference.

CSLC 2017 – “StartUp Leadership” will build on the theme of developing an “innovative spirit” in our student leaders. As a vibrant, thriving hub of Canadian innovation and start-up initiatives the Waterloo region is an ideal place to start this discussion.

Information about CSLC 2017 can be found at

About The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region is a community supported registered charity whose mission is “Through community partnerships, we obtain and distribute emergency food from our neighbours for our neighbours.” The Food Bank acquires fresh, frozen and non-perishable food for distribution through a network of agencies and community programs providing emergency shelter, food hampers, food pantry, hot meals, outreach and other services throughout Waterloo Region. Community food & fund drives are essential to providing assistance throughout the Region. Information about hunger in our community and how to help can be found at