August 1, 2018Stories
The family of six visited The Food Bank of Waterloo Region to sort food, tour the facilities and learn more about the impact we have on the community, as part of Catelli Pasta’s #FeedtheHope campaign.View Blog Post
Thanks to strong partnerships throughout the community and the food industry, The Food Bank is able to do a lot with a little. Each $1 donated enables The Food Bank to provide healthy food for 3 meals distributed through the Community Food Assistance Network.
"This is a good place to be. I used to donate food to the Food Bank. It was strange how I came here. I came here one time getting a hamper and something inside told me to talk to somebody about volunteering. So I talked to Jessie."
Volunteer - House of Friendship (a program in the Community Food Assistance Network)
The Community Food Assistance Network provides essential meals, shelter, nutrition outreach, counselling and connection to many other services.
Our fleet of refrigerated trucks, large cooler and freezer make it possible to safely transport and store thousands of pounds of fresh, frozen and non-perishable food.
In 2016, 32,640 individuals were served by the community Food Assistance Network of Waterloo Region.
The Community Food Assistance Network is a system of more than 100 community agencies and food programs, providing food and connection to other vital supports needed by children, seniors, families and individuals–every day. The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Cambridge Self Help Food Bank are at the centre of this Network, actively sourcing fresh, frozen and non-perishable food for distribution.
Initiated in the 1980’s by a group of local social service agencies, this incredible food system has grown and evolved with our changing community and food industry to help alleviate food insecurity. It has taken years to construct and been recognized with a national food bank innovation award.View Map
Food brings people together in different ways. It can drive social change, bridge cultures, create conversations and build communities. At Ray of Hope – a local organization providing life-changing care and services for those struggling with crime, addiction or homelessness – food plays an important role.
There are many ways that you can get involved and support hungry neighbours in Waterloo Region from upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Please, support our vision to channel our community’s energy so no one goes hungry.
"In 2017, 35% of all food we distributed was fresh, and we are looking forward to significantly increasing that number now."
CEO, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
""I wanted to help." "
"Laurie Cowell and Rose Startek started the local instance of Empty Bowls nineteen years ago to support The Food Bank of Waterloo Region to get people fed. It is very much a hands-on effort: each year Waterloo Potters’ Workshop members shape clay bowls by the hundreds with their own hands."
"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. "
"Thank you for caring about your hungry neighbours. Your support is sincerely appreciated."
Chief Executive Officer, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
Through community partnerships, we obtain and distribute emergency food from our neighbours for our neighbours.
To channel our community’s energy so no one goes hungry.