The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
There is a consistent need for food assistance in our community. Last year, 34,552 men, women, and children accessed hunger relief programs in Waterloo Region.
The reality is hunger can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time.
Thankfully, we live in a supportive and generous community. With your support, we were able to help the 1 in 20 households struggling to put food on the table.
Collaboration and partnerships play a critical role in any business and this was reinforced for me many times this year, as you came together to ensure no one goes hungry.
Corporate, community, and industry partners continued to play an important role in The Food Bank operations, through bulk donations of fresh, frozen and non-perishable foods, organizing
food and fund drives, and providing transportation and logistics support. With your help, the Community Food Assistance Network acquired and distributed, 5,711,715 pounds of food to local community programs, agency partners and provincial food banks.
Last year, we welcomed 96 corporate and community groups for unique, fun and hands-on food engagement experiences in our food sorting room and the Fresh Approaches Food Centre. Together these groups sorted 709,332 pounds of food and provided 554,166
meals to the Community Food Assistance Network, a system of 100+ community programs and agency partners that provide food and connection to vital supports throughout Waterloo Region.
The Fresh Approaches program continued to experience growth and success. The centre is fully operational and since November has provided an additional 54,815 pounds of fresh, frozen and dry food to the Community Food Assistance Network. Earlier this year, I had the honour of presenting the success of the Fresh Approaches program at the Global FoodBanking Network Conference, where we were recognized as a finalist in the Global FoodBanking Innovation Award category. This recognition is a testament to the innovative and collaborative culture of our community that enables us to provide services and resources to the most vulnerable in Waterloo Region.
I am excited to share, we have formalized our partnership with the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank. Formalizing our partnership brings together complementary resources and allows us to serve and meet community needs efficiently and effectively.
This has been a year made possible by you. As you read through the Community Impact Report, I hope you see the difference you are making in Waterloo Region. Together, we are feeding our neighbours.
Chief Executive Officer
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.