Providing food doesn't just address hunger, it helps to bring people together and build strong communities. Together, we feed neighbours.View Blog Post
Raised 122,372 meals for individuals and families in Waterloo Region
1 in 20 Households Need Food Assistance
Here’s How We Help
We are at the Centre 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.View Map
“We offer a variety of programs to help youth and children facing crisis situations be successful in life and home,” said Lindsey White, Program Supervisor, Safe Haven Youth Services. “We work closely with a number of government and community partners – such as The Food Bank of Waterloo Region – to ensure youth and children have the support necessary to be successful at home and once they leave the program.”
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.
December 7 - 31, 2018Community
Join CBC Kitchener-Waterloo and The Morning Edition host Craig Norris for the kick-off to Sounds of the Season on Friday, Dec. 7. It's a morning of giving, filled with musical performances by local musicians and heart-warming stories of need on CBC Radio One 89.1 FM. The annual charity drive supports The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.View Event Details
From Our Blog
December 3, 2018Media Releases
The reality is hunger is on every street, in every neighborhood and community. Hunger can impact anyone, at any time.View Blog Post
"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. "
"“The Food Bank is a huge contributor to our community and a great place to make a big difference. You don’t necessarily have to donate money, donating your time is just as important.” "
Father, The Baby Gang
"When I can't fill an order; I feel so bad. But there's nothing I can do when we just don't have the food."
Volunteer, 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.