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Annual Event Discusses Barriers and Solutions to Accessing Food Assistance

September 22nd, 2021Events, In the News

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The last 18 months have identified significant gaps in the services and supports available for the most vulnerable people in our community.

And while the pandemic has presented its fair share of challenges, it has also presented us with opportunities. Opportunities to do better and make sure that the people in need have access to food, shelter, medical care, and other vital supports and services, when and where they need them.

At the 8th annual Waffles in the Warehouse @ Home, presented by Your Neighbourhood Credit Union, guests heard from community leaders and experts about how different barriers – lack of affordable housing, unemployment, and mental health – can impact a person’s ability to access food and other basic necessities.

Hunger can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time and we have seen that throughout the pandemic as many people found themselves accessing emergency supports and services for the first time.

This year at Waffles in the Warehouse @ Home, community leader, Aleksandra Petrovic, Executive Director, Social Development Centre Waterloo Region, joined Wendi Campbell, CEO, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region to dig deeper into these issues and not only discuss the barriers towards accessing service but also how collaboration and a holistic approach helped people in need throughout the health crisis.

Following the moderated panel, our keynote speaker, Wendy Gale shared her powerful journey of extraordinary challenges, heart-warming perseverance, and her experience accessing emergency food assistance later in life.

Attendees were then welcome to continue the conversation with both Aleksandra Petrovic and Wendi Campbell in a Q&A session.

Missed Waffles in the Warehouse @ Home? Watch the entire event by clicking on the video below.

How You Can Help

You might be wondering how you can have an even greater impact.

  • Continue the conversation by sharing something you learned with a friend, family member, co-worker, and on social media. Follow us @FoodBankWatReg #FeedWR.
  • Make a Financial Donation. If you would like to make an additional impact, click here. Remember $1 = 3 meals!
  • Host a Food & Fund Drive! Visit to learn more about how hosting your own event can make a difference.