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Donating to The Food Bank during COVID-19: The Do’s and Don’ts

January 14th, 2021Awareness, COVID-19

During a crisis or emergency, there is often an overwhelming sense of urgency to help. And after nearly a year of navigating the pandemic together, you continue to demonstrate your generosity and commitment to ensuring no one goes hungry in Waterloo Region.  

As the pandemic evolves and rules, guidelines, and restrictions shift and change, so does our approach. Through the course of the pandemic, we have all adjusted and adapted, for us at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank) that has included how and if we are able to accept donations in the same way you may be used to.  

With an increase in the number of people accessing food support, you might be wondering how you can make a difference. Should you donate food, funds, your time?  

We know it can be confusing and hard to stay on top of it all. To help, we have pulled together a list of the do’s and don’ts to consider when donating to The Food Bank.  

Do: Make a financial donation

Financial donations give us the flexibility to respond to the community’s emergency food needs. With your financial support, we can buy fuel to keep our delivery vehicles on the road, fill gaps in our inventory, and ensure the safe storage and delivery of food by helping to maintain operational activities, such as keeping our coolers and freezers operating.  

Thanks to strong partnerships with food industry partners, we are able to stretch the impact of your financial donations, and $1 provides 3 meals for people in need.

To ensure contactless donations, you can donate online at: thefoodbank.ca/covid-19-response. You can also donate over the phone at: 519.743.5576 x 224.  

Don’t: Be afraid to ask what The Food Bank needs

Check our websitethefoodbank.ca/most-needed, for the most up-to-date list of our Most Needed Items. Be sure to follow us @FoodBankWatReg on social media as well for information on our current needs.  

Don’t: Host a Physical or In-Person Food Drive

Sorting and packing food drive donations is time-intensive and is challenging with limited staff and volunteer support. If you are committed to running a Food & Fund Drive, set the food aside (making sure it won’t expire) and donate your collection when it is safe to do so. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for contactless donation options, such as drive-thru or curbside drop-off events.  

Do: Host a Virtual Food & Fund Drive

Virtual food drives are a great way to support The Food Bank while maintaining social distancing! Get creative – host a fitness class, concert, cooking class or games night – and help raise awareness and collect funds in support of The Food Bank!

Remember $1 = 3 meals!

For more information about hosting a virtual Food & Fund Drive, or to register your event, click here.

Don’t: Donate Your Time

Volunteers play an important role in helping to ensure everyone has access to food when and where they need it. However, right now, due to the stay-at-home order and state-of-emergency we are not welcoming any new volunteers. Limiting the number of volunteers to The Food Bank will reduce the risk of possible exposure and ensure the health and safety of staff and volunteers on-site. We are looking forward to welcoming you back, please continue to check our website: thefoodbank.ca/volunteer and our social media channels for any updates on volunteer opportunities.