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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. Upon your arrival at our distribution centre our Engagement Team will advise your group of what activity you will be supporting that day.

To ensure the health and safety of your group, as well as our staff and volunteers, we have implemented COVID-19 related protocols based on recommendations from the Region of Waterloo’s Public Health Department.

Prior to arrival, each participant will have to fill out an online COVID-19 pre-screening form. All participants will be required to wear a mask, closed-toed and flat footwear to volunteer in our distribution centre.

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    1Sign Up As:

    • Community Groups Note: This includes service clubs,  sports teams, non-profits organizations, etc. where participants are 15 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.
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    2Bring Food or Funds

    See our list of most need items below:

    • Canned Fruit
    • Stew, Chili & Soup
    • Beans in Sauce
    • Hot & Cold Cereal
    • Canned Meat & Fish
    • Pasta Sauce
    • Dry Beans
    • Rice
    • Peanut Butter
    • Canned Vegetables

Thank You!

Together, We Feed Hungry Neighbours.

We are here to support you.
Feel free to phone or email us with any questions.

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