Through community partnerships, we obtain and distribute emergency food from our neighbours for our neighbours.
Food Assistance Network
The Food Assistance Network is a system of more than 100 community agencies and food programs, whose services support the essential food needs of children, seniors, individuals and families every day. At the centre of the Food Assistance Network are The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank sourcing, warehousing and transporting nutritious food for use in community meals, hamper programs, nutrition outreach programs, and emergency shelters.
Created more than 30 years ago by a partnership of local service agencies, this incredible food system continues to evolve, grow and change with the needs of this community to increase food security. It has taken years to construct and there’s nothing like it provincially. The Food Bank of Waterloo Region received the 2015 Food Bank Innovator Award from Food Banks Canada in recognition of its leadership and the effectiveness of the Food Assistance Network. In 2016, the Greater KW Chamber Commerce recognized The Food Bank’s achievements with a Business Excellence Award.
1 in 20 households need food assistance in Waterloo Region. No matter where you live in this community, people have access to a form of food assistance when they need it because of the Food Assistance Network. Whether it’s a hamper program through a church or shelter, a school breakfast program, a community garden, a meal program or a rural outreach program, the Food Assistance Network is a collective, collaborative support system for the people of our region. It’s one of the most innovative systems in Canada. Essential food support is often the first step towards moving lives forward to a more positive future through linkages to other supports such as affordable housing, job search skills, counselling, and other programs.
- Every $1 donated provides 3 meals
- Every hour of volunteer time provides more than 200 meals
When you support the Food Assistance Network, you are helping 100 community programs and agencies in our region. Whether it’s a tractor-trailer load of fresh vegetables, or non-perishable food donated in a grocery store bin, or a work place food drive, The Food Bank will safely transport, warehouse, sort and ensure equitable distribution throughout the Food Assistance Network. Every $1 donated provides food for 3 meals. The Food Bank is entirely community funded. Your support ensures that no one goes hungry in our community.