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Annual Breakfast Event Highlights How COVID-19 Transformed Food Delivery in Waterloo Region

September 23rd, 2020Events

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Take a moment to think back to your peak pandemic grocery store experience. What was it like? How did you feel walking into the grocery store and seeing the empty shelves?

Guests who attended the 7th annual Waffles in the Warehouse @ Home, presented by Your Neighbourhood Credit Union, were challenged to think about the early days of the pandemic and how their normal grocery store experience changed, and how those changes could impact those experiencing food insecurity.

Hunger is cruelly invisible, it’s something we don’t always see, but for the first time due to COVID-19, many of us could see what hunger could feel like. In fact, in March and April, we really saw what it could mean to need a food bank and experience food insecurity.

COVID-19 has changed the way we live, work, and interact and significantly impacted the food industry. This year at Waffles in the Warehouse @ Home, industry experts – Dr. Sylvain Charlebois (The Food Professor), and John Neufeld, Executive Director, House of Friendship – were joined by Wendi Campbell, CEO, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region to discuss how the pandemic transformed food delivery in our community, and what the future looks like for The Food Bank and the Community Food Assistance Network.

Following the moderated panel, attendees had the opportunity to join breakout sessions led by Wendi Campbell and John Neufeld and Katherine MacDuff and Dr. Sylvain Charlebois. These breakout sessions gave guests the chance to have deeper discussions about food insecurity in Waterloo Region and the food industry.

Missed Waffles in the Warehouse @ Home? You can re-watch the moderated panel by clicking on the video below.

Re-watch the Q&A session with Dr. Sylvain Charlebois (‘The Food Professor’) and Katherine MacDuff:

Re-watch the Q&A session with John Neufeld and Wendi Campbell:

As the pandemic continues to evolve, you can donate to help ensure no one goes hungry during COVID-19 and beyond:

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