• Canstruction®

    Waterloo Region

    View Media Advisory

  • Most Needed Items

    Canned Fruit, Dry Beans, Rice, Canned Meat & Fish and Pasta Sauce

    See the Full List


    Kids with empty bellies have less energy and less ability to concentrate at school, affecting their ability to learn and threatening their growth, development and well-being. You can help.

    Give Today


    Last year alone, 8,178 children and 3,080 youth in our community turned to us for food assistance and we anticipate even greater need in the months ahead.

    Give Today


    of fresh, frozen and non-perishable food each year

  • By the Numbers:
    How you Fight Hunger

    When you give to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, you help provide vital food assistance each year to:

    32,640 People • 8,178 Children • 3,080 Youth • 1,110 Seniors

  • $1 Provides
    3 Meals

    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.

    Get Involved

    "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."

    Pat McCandless
    Volunteer - House of Friendship (a program in the Community Food Assistance Network)
    Read Story

1 in 20 Households Need Food Assistance

Here’s How We Help

We are at the Center of a Network of 100+ Agencies & Programs

The Community Food Assistance Network provides essential meals, shelter, nutrition outreach, counselling and connection to many other services.

More than 2/3 of the food we provide to the Community Food Assistance Network is fresh or frozen.

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.

We are a source of reliable information about hunger and food assistance in Waterloo Region.

In 2016, 32,640 individuals were served by the community Food Assistance Network of Waterloo Region.

The Food Assistance Network

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.

Learn More

View Map

House of Friendship

Addiction treatment, food hampers, appliance repair, community centre programs, summer camp, shelter and supportive housing — these are all services that House of Friendship provides to help everyone in our community belong and thrive.

Learn More

How To
Get Involved

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.

Upcoming Events


Canstruction® is a unique, international event engaging designers, architects and engineers to use their talents to help those struggling with food insecurity. The event raises funds, food and awareness for local food banks.

View Event Details

From Our Blog

April 14, 2018Media Releases


Given the inclement weather conditions for this weekend and the safety of all involved, we have made the difficult decision to postpone tonight’s Canstruction® build, including the weeks event.  Canstruction® was scheduled to run at Conestoga Mall this week, April 15-22.

View Blog Post
Read Our Blog
  • "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."

  • "The food I received made such a difference to me and my kids. It not only allowed us to have a special holiday meal, it made us believe in the magic of Christmas. I'm so thankful to be part of such a caring community."

    Food Assistance Recipient
  • "Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. "

    Elizabeth Andrew
  • "We are blessed to have The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and donors like you who provide the money to keep our community programs running."

    Food Assistance Recipient
  • "Your support plays a critical role in helping families."

    Wendi Campbell
    Executive Director, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

Our Mission

Through community partnerships, we obtain and distribute emergency food from our neighbours for our neighbours.

Our Vision

To channel our community’s energy so no one goes hungry.