Food Engagement Program
When The Food Bank of Waterloo Region started 35 years ago, cans, boxes and non-perishables were staples of our operations. Today, the reality is much different, 68% of all food we distribute is fresh or frozen.
This shift – from boxes and cans to fresh and frozen – means we have had to change how we handle food donations. With your help, we are now able to provide healthier food options to those in our community struggling to put food on the table.
As a community participant, you will be helping with a variety of activities in our distribution centre that may include: fresh or frozen food sorting, fresh food packaging, and non-perishable food sorting. Food Engagement activities will change regularly, depending on the type of donations and the needs of our community programs and agency partners.
We offer Youth Food Engagement activities to groups whose participants are under the age of 18. Due to the nature of our operations – group size and age restrictions may apply to ensure the safety of all participants.
Upon your arrival at our distribution centre our Engagement Team will advise your group of what activity you will be supporting that day. You will be required to wear closed-toed and flat footwear to volunteer in our distribution centre – other supplies required for your activity, such as hairnets or gloves, will be provided.
1Sign Up As:
- Community Groups Note: This includes service clubs, sports teams, non-profits organizations, etc. where participants are 19 years of age and older.
- Corporate Groups
- School Groups
- Youth Groups Note: This includes service clubs, youth groups, sports teams and non-profit organizations, where participants are 18 years of age or younger.
2Bring Food or Funds
See our list of most need items below:
- Canned Meat & Fish
- Canned Pasta
- Canned Soup
- Tomato Sauces
- Canned Stews & Chili
- Canned Fruit
- Dried Beans
- Beans in Sauce
- Hot Cereals