About Us

Food Banks Canada is the only national charitable organization representing and supporting the food bank community across Canada. Learn more about us — how we’re organized, our membership, and our programs.

Learn About Hunger

Close to 900,000 Canadians each month are assisted by food banks. By understanding the nature of the problem, and the possible solutions, we can all do our part to make a difference.

Get Involved

Together, we can make a difference to help reduce hunger and improve the lives of the nearly 900,000 Canadians who turn to food banks each month. Learn how you or your company can contribute.


The latest news about Food Banks Canada, our partners, and our programs, as well as helpful resources for our communications partners and members of the media.

Hunger Fact

of food distributed in Canada is non-perishable (eg. pasta sauce, cereal, rice, shelf-stable juice and canned soup, fruit and vegetables)

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Member Council

Our Member Council includes representatives from each Member organization, as well as the Executive Director of Food Banks Canada. The Member Council identifies and prioritizes opportunities and issues. They represent the perspective of the food banking community in Canada, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Member Council, 2013

Food Banks British Columbia

Marilyn Herrmann,
Surrey Food Bank
Laura Lansink,
Food Banks BC

Alberta Food Banks

Marjorie Bencz, CM,
Edmonton’s Food Bank
Stephanie Rigby
Alberta Food Banks

Food Banks of Saskatchewan Corporation

Bill Hall,
Battlefords District Food and Resource Centre, North Battleford
Laurie O'Connor
Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre

Manitoba Association of Food Banks

David Northcott,
Winnipeg Harvest, Winnipeg
Marla Somersall,
Samaritan House, Brandon

Ontario Association of Food Banks

Bill Laidlaw,
Ontario Association of Food Banks
Michael Howard,
Ottawa Food Bank

Les banques alimentaires du Québec

Jean Gagnon,
Centre de Bénévolat-Moisson Laval
Zakary Rhissa,
Les banques alimentaires du Québec

New Brunswick Association of Food Banks

Sarah Norman,
St. George and Area Food Bank
Stephane Bourgoin,
L'Atelier R.A.D.O. Inc.


Becky Mason,
Dianne Swinemar,
Food Banks Canada Board Member, Member Council Chair

PEI Association of Food Banks

Mike MacDonald,
The Upper Room Food Bank, Charlottetown

Community Food Sharing Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

Wanda Drodge,
Community Food Sharing Association, St. John’s
Eg Walters,
Community Food Sharing Association, St. John’s