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OTF’s Grant helps The Food Bank Launch Innovative Mobile Pantry
March 4th, 2021Media Releases
Kitchener, ON – March 4, 2021 – The Food Bank of Waterloo Region received a $92,800 Capital Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to purchase a vehicle to deliver the new mobile pantry programs to economically vulnerable households in high-needs neighborhoods. The Mobile Pantry is part of Saving Fresh. Feeding Community. – a program dedicated to increasing the quality, quantity and variety of fresh food distributed to people accessing food assistance.
This first phase of the Mobile Pantry will be piloted in partnership with the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank to help establish protocols and support future roll-out throughout the Community Food Assistance Network.
Recognizing the OTF grant, the MPP for Kitchener South-Hespeler, Amy Fee stated “I commend The Food Bank of Waterloo Region on finding new and innovative solutions as they continue their important work in our community. These funds will expand the availability and access of fresh food to neighborhood food assistance programs throughout Waterloo Region.”
As a leader of the Community Food Assistance Network, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region works with a system of 100+ community programs and agency partners throughout Waterloo Region, to provide food and connection to the other vital supports needed by more than 33,300 people in Waterloo Region. In addition to increasing the access and availability of fresh food to people in need, the Mobile Pantry will also help remove potential barriers related to storage and food safety and possible logistical challenges in locations where programs operate. The Mobile Pantry brings flexibility to food distribution that does not currently exist in Waterloo Region.
“The launch of the Mobile Pantry is huge step forward in food distribution in Waterloo Region because it allows us the flexibility to continue delivery of emergency food programs and other vital supports, at any time,” said Wendi Campbell, CEO, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. “With the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s grant, we can expand the distribution, access, and availability of fresh food, safely, to neighborhood food programs, when and where it is needed most. This grant will allow us to continue our important work of ensuring no one goes hungry in our community.” adds Campbell.
The Food Bank is dedicated to meeting the needs of the community. Through community and corporate partnerships, the not for profit acquires and distributes food to 100+ community programs and agency partners. To get involved or learn more, visit: www.thefoodbank.ca.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
Jennifer Judges, Communication Specialist
The Food Bank of Waterloo Region