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The Food Bank Shares Fresh Approach to Hunger at International Conference

March 26th, 2019Media Releases, Stories

Since 2012, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region has been building program capacity to increase the amount of fresh, nutritious food distributed to those in our community in need, quickly. In 2016, after receiving a 12,800 pound donation of fresh squash from a local farmer, and subsequently seeing more than half of that donation go to waste on our dock, we made a commitment that we would do better.

Since then, the team at The Food Bank has been hard at work building program capacity and ensuring we are providing a variety of high-quality, nutritious food to our neighbours in need.

Recently Wendi Campbell, CEO The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, traveled to the annual Food Bank Leadership Institute Global FoodBanking Network® Conference in London, England where she introduced the Fresh Approaches Food Centre to a group of her peers. This presentation is part of The Food Bank’s nomination for the Global Food Bank Innovation Award, which focuses on the Fresh Approaches Food Centre and how by accepting more perishable food donations and improved food processing procedures, we are increasing the quantity, quality and variety of food provided to the 100+ community programs and agency partners.

Watch her presentation below: