Food for Thought Blog
Taking a Fresh Approach to Hunger
We recently unveiled our new on-site food processing facility, the Fresh Approaches Food Centre. The new space will improve the distribution of fresh food available to those in need of food assistance and allow us to increase the variety, quality and quantity of fresh food available to those in our community in need of food assistance.
The grand opening took place in the new 578 square-foot space with a ceremonial vegetable cutting. The Fresh Approaches Food Centre will allow volunteers and staff to safely process and repackage fresh food donation, extending their life span and freshness. Volunteers will begin processing food in the space later this week.
What does the Fresh Approaches Food Centre mean for our Community?
One in 20 households in Waterloo Region are in need of food assistance. And the Fresh Approaches Food Centre will be a game-changer for the kind of food we can access and distribute throughout our community.
The Fresh Approaches Food Centre allows us to improve how we process fresh food, in turn providing healthier and more nutritional food choices to our agency and community partners.
“When people think of The Food Bank, it is often of shelves stocked with non-perishable products, which will always be part of what we do,” said Wendi Campbell, CEO, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. “But in 2017, 35% of all food we distributed was fresh, and we are looking forward to significantly increasing that number now.”
How you can help
We still have some work to do before the Fresh Approaches Food Centre is fully operational. This includes purchasing the remaining items on our wish list, including a vacuum sealer, coffee slicer, coffee grinder, digital scale just to name a few.
Help us increase the amount of fresh food available to the community by making a contribution to the Fresh Approaches Food Centre.
A special thank you to our donors, who played a significant role in getting the space built, Thank you to the Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation, and contractor S.G. Cunningham, which made a cash donation as well as in-kind services to help finish the processing room.