Community Food Assistance Network

Hunger in Waterloo Region

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

There is no ‘typical’ food bank recipient and there is no single reason for people to need assistance. Food insecurity is a complex problem and the solutions are complicated. Thanks to a caring community, our Network is able to provide nourishment and connection to other essential supports so those who need our help can move their lives forward.

Food Assistance Recipient’s Age

  • 0-12 Years
  • 13-18 Years
  • 19-24 Years
  • 25-35 Years
  • 36-50 Years
  • 51-64 Years
  • 65+ Years

Family Composition

  • Single Parent Families
  • Two Parent Families
  • Couples with no Children
  • Single People
  • Adult Households

Source of Income

of emergency food hamper recipients

  • Employment
  • Employment Insurance
  • Social Assistance
  • Disability Related Benefits
  • Pension
  • Student Loans
  • Other Income (e.g. WSIB, Immigration, OSAP)
  • No Income
  • Undisclosed

Program Visits

  • The majority of those accessing food assistance visited fewer than 4 times.
  • 28% of food program participants visited only once.
  • 53% needed assistance 1 to 3 times.
  • 1 Visits
  • 2 Visits
  • 3 Visits
  • 4-7 Visits
  • 8+ Visits