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How food banks rescued more than 200,000 pounds of produce to feed their communities

How food banks rescued more than 200,000 pounds of produce to feed their communities
In 2019, with funding from the Trillium Foundation, a partnership between the Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor, Feed Ontario, and Food Banks Canada was developed tot to evaluate the benefits of rescuing surplus produce from the rich farmland of Essex County. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight - Sharon Palmer

Food Banker Spotlight - Sharon Palmer
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Sharon Palmer from Barrie food bank. Read more about this post

Moisson Rive-Sud – A Small Distribution Centre with a Mighty Team

Moisson Rive-Sud – A Small Distribution Centre with a Mighty Team
The pandemic has touched all parts of the world, but the impact will be the harshest on vulnerable populations facing hunger insecurity. With the increase in demands, food banks across the country are feeling the strain. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Sue McKeown

Food Banker Spotlight – Sue McKeown
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Sue McKeown from The Salvation Army - Swift Current in Saskatchewan. Read more about this post

One in Eight Households Needed to Access Food from a Community Organization in the Last Year

One in Eight Households Needed to Access Food from a Community Organization in the Last Year
One in eight reported that they or someone in their household accessed free food or meals from a community organization in the last year. Read more about this post

How the Edmonton’s Food Bank Changes the Lives of their Communities

How the Edmonton’s Food Bank Changes the Lives of their Communities
The Edmonton’s Food Bank is committed to helping those who need them, not just by providing food but also finding other solutions that will make their lives better, so they no longer have to use food banks. Read more about this post

Food Banks Canada’s Retail Food Program – Helping Neighbours and Helping the Earth

Food Banks Canada’s Retail Food Program – Helping Neighbours and Helping the Earth
This pandemic has brought an increase of new clients to food banks. Thankfully, the Retail Food Program allows easier access to nutritious food that might have otherwise been delayed, especially because of supply chain issues. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Armand Kayolo

Food Banker Spotlight – Armand Kayolo
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Armand Kayolo from Moisson Outaouais in Gatineau, QC. Read more about this post

At the Core of Food Banks – Fresh Food

At the Core of Food Banks – Fresh Food
40% of foods distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – TaKuaKautik-Nain Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – TaKuaKautik-Nain Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on TaKuaKautik-Nain Food Bank in Nain, NL. Read more about this post

How the Generosity of Canadians Helped Food Banks Across The Country

How the Generosity of Canadians Helped Food Banks Across The Country
The essential support provided ensured that food banks could continue their work and overcome these new challenges. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Ashlee Aitken

Food Banker Spotlight – Ashlee Aitken
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Ashlee Aitken from Kawartha Food Share in Peterborough, ON. Read more about this post

How Feed Ontario Helped their Members During COVID-19

How Feed Ontario Helped their Members During COVID-19
Hunger eradication is not something that can be done solely by one person. It really takes a village at all levels —national, provincial and municipal to work towards a solution. And from food distribution to securing donations and helping multiple local communities at the same time, Feed Ontario has their hands full within the province. Read more about this post

Saskatoon Food Bank – Through Sickness and Health

Saskatoon Food Bank – Through Sickness and Health
Laurie O’Connor, Executive Director at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre has been volunteering at food banks since she was a teenager. She remembers visiting after school and being inspired by the work that was seen. Seeing many people have access to food that they could not afford always made her day, and spending time in the food bank opened Laurie’s eyes to a world of inequalities that she wanted to change. As she grew up, she knew that she wanted to continue being there for those experiencing food insecurity. Read more about this post

How Food Banks Help the Environment

How Food Banks Help the Environment
With the staggering levels of food insecurity in our country it’s hard to fathom good food going to waste yet every year billions of dolllars of quality excess food is wasted throughout all levels of the food chain – from farmers, producers and processors, to retailers and households. Read more about this post

The Importance of Community at the Airdrie Food Bank

The Importance of Community at the Airdrie Food Bank
In 2006, Lori McRitchie, Executive Director at the Airdrie Food Bank did not know that she would fall in love with the food banking world. The compassion, the support and the kindness are just a few of the characteristics that would describe what she sees every day. Read more about this post

The Importance of PPE at the Food Banks

The Importance of PPE at the Food Banks
The pandemic pushed food insecurity to new heights in 2020. With businesses closing, unemployment rates skyrocketing and schools shutting down, food banks across Canada were getting ready to welcome the increasing number of clients visiting their food banks. Read more about this post

National Volunteer Week 2021: The Value of One, the Power of Many

National Volunteer Week 2021: The Value of One, the Power of Many
The theme of National Volunteer Week 2021 is The Value of One, The Power of Many. For the thousands of food banks across Canada, this sentiment rings especially true of the experience throughout the last year. Read more about this post

How the Peter McKee Community Food Centre Keep Clients Smiling Even During Pandemic

How the Peter McKee Community Food Centre Keep Clients Smiling Even During Pandemic
Heather Richards, now manager at the Peter McKee Community Food Centre has worked with vulnerable populations for many years. When she heard that the Peter McKee Community Food Centre needed someone to run the Food Centre, she knew that she had to step in to help, but it was no cakewalk. Cries for help, tears of joy and struggling clients reaching out were all part of her daily life at the Food Centre. Read more about this post

Supporting a National Network of Food Banks Through Innovation During a Time of Crisis

Supporting a National Network of Food Banks Through Innovation During a Time of Crisis
In order to rally everybody from coast-to-coast-to-coast, the team at Food Banks Canada brought the entire food banking system together in a way they had never done previously. Read more about this post

Food Banks Canada and the Importance of Partnerships

Food Banks Canada and the Importance of Partnerships
The task to combat food insecurity is a challenging one on the best of days. Add a global pandemic into the mix and suddenly you’re faced with a mission that’s seemingly impossible. Read more about this post

How a former food bank client used his experience to help those in need

How a former food bank client used his experience to help those in need
Food bank use is an impossible choice. Most of the time, clients end up at a food bank because of unfortunate situations. It could be job loss, mental or physical health issues, or a vast variety of other reasons. For Mark Leblanc, Executive Director at the Shediac Food Bank, it started as an escape from an abusive family, but it turned out to be one of the best things that could’ve happened to him. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Monique Trépanier, Moisson Mauricie / Centre-du-Québec

Food Banker Spotlight – Monique Trépanier, Moisson Mauricie / Centre-du-Québec
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Monique Trépanier from Moisson Mauricie / Centre-du-Québec in Trois-Rivières, QC. Read more about this post

Tax Clinics – Another Way Food Banks Partner to Help Clients

Tax Clinics – Another Way Food Banks Partner to Help Clients
Food banks across Canada have seen the importance of filing taxes to access valuable government supports, and many are offering free tax clinics. One great example is the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre (SFBLC), which has been running a free clinic since 2015. Read more about this post

Windsor Pivots to Continue Being There for Clients

Windsor Pivots to Continue Being There for Clients
Aisles of fresh produce and shelves stocked with a variety of goods. It’s not exactly what comes to mind when most people think about food banks. However, there are food banks that operate EXACTLY like this. One great example is the Unemployed Help Centre (UHC) in Windsor. Read more about this post

The pandemic helped the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank shape a better future for those in need

The pandemic helped the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank shape a better future for those in need
2020 has been a year of stress, anxiety, and change. Lockdowns in place, job losses across the country—Food Banks knew they would have their jobs cut out for them as they anticipated an increase in clients. But the difficult challenges would not stop them from helping their neighbours. It just meant they had to find creative ways to continue operations. Read more about this post

Donate These Items at a Food Drive Near You

Donate These Items at a Food Drive Near You
Now, more than ever, food banks need YOUR support. Here are some of the items food banks need the most. Read more about this post

The Logistics of Being there for Canadian Communities in Need

The Logistics of Being there for Canadian Communities in Need
For Lisa Wernham, Director of National Food Sharing at Food Banks Canada, the logistics around how to increase distribution to food banks requiring help, quickly became a pressing need. Fortunately for Lisa, she had a great team she could rely on. Read more about this post

Our Research Helps Push for Change

Our Research Helps Push for Change
As food banks across Canada work hard to ensure that people do not have to worry about their next meal, our staff are also working to find long-term solutions to ensure that people are no longer suffering from hunger. This is something that Richard Matern, Director of Research, takes seriously. Read more about this post

Food Banking in the New Reality: The Story of the Whitehorse Food Bank

Food Banking in the New Reality: The Story of the Whitehorse Food Bank
It was business as usual for the Whitehorse Food Bank Society; packing and distributing food hampers to approximately 1,300 people a month. Then the pandemic hit. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Richard Daneau, Moisson Montréal

Food Banker Spotlight – Richard Daneau, Moisson Montréal
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Richard Daneau from Moisson Montréal in Montréal, QC. Read more about this post

How We Work to Reduce the Need for Food Banks in the Future

How We Work to Reduce the Need for Food Banks in the Future
While food banks and other charitable organizations are there to provide for the immediate need, Phil Ozga, Director of Advocacy and Government relations, works hard behind the scenes to find long term solutions for hunger. Read more about this post

Helping in the North

Helping in the North
Food insecurity in the North is disproportionately higher than other parts of the country, with Nunavut having the highest rate. According to recent research, 57% of households in Nunavut are unable to afford food for their families. Read more about this post

If we're serious about building a healthy society, we can't do it without addressing poverty

If we're serious about building a healthy society, we can't do it without addressing poverty
If there was ever any doubt, the pandemic has made it clear that no one in society is truly protected until everyone is protected. Read more about this post

In the Spirit of Giving and Receiving in the Dehcho and the Sahtu

In the Spirit of Giving and Receiving in the Dehcho and the Sahtu
“After a long year of COVID physical distancing, we came together as one to feed families for Christmas.” – Angela Griffin Read more about this post

Food Banking in the New Reality: The Story of Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge

Food Banking in the New Reality: The Story of Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge
The past several months have also demonstrated the important role that IFB and other food banks play beyond the scope of food insecurity. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Zeeshan Sumrani, Mississauga Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Zeeshan Sumrani, Mississauga Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Zeeshan Sumrani from Mississauga Food Bank in Mississauga, ON. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Corra Gassner, Kamloops Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Corra Gassner, Kamloops Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Corra Gassner from Kamloops Food Bank in Kamloops, BC. Read more about this post

Food Banking in the New Reality: The Story of SOS Dépannage Moisson Granby

Food Banking in the New Reality: The Story of SOS Dépannage Moisson Granby
His sincere empathy and commitment for helping others meant that not even impending retirement would be enough to slow Norman down in the wake of a sudden crisis. Read more about this post

Food Banking in the New Reality: The Story of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Food Banking in the New Reality: The Story of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank
10% of households in Greater Vancouver are considered to be food insecure. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Wanda Hillier, Community Food Sharing Association

Food Banker Spotlight – Wanda Hillier, Community Food Sharing Association
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Wanda Hillier from Community Food Sharing Association in St. John’s, NL. Read more about this post

Donate These Items at a Holiday Food Drive Near You

Donate These Items at a Holiday Food Drive Near You
The Loblaw Holiday Food Drive begins on November 23 in Quebec and November 26 in the rest of Canada and runs until December 24, 2020. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Alex Bilotta, The Food Bank of York Region

Food Banker Spotlight – Alex Bilotta, The Food Bank of York Region
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Alex Bilotta from The Food Bank of York Region in Concord, ON. Read more about this post

A lot has changed – Hunger hasn't

A lot has changed – Hunger hasn't
In these times of uncertainty, FCC Drive Away Hunger will look a little different. Read more about this post

Why Automatic Tax Filing is Important to Reduce Poverty

Why Automatic Tax Filing is Important to Reduce Poverty
While we continue to strive for an improved income-security system that will better integrate with provincial social-assistance programs and build on the basic income model, automatic tax filing is an important win that will make a difference in the lives of people who need it most. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Joan Clarkson, Helping Hand Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Joan Clarkson, Helping Hand Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Joan Clarkson from Helping Hand Food Bank in Tillsonburg, ON. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Celina Symmonds, Medicine Hat and District Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Celina Symmonds, Medicine Hat and District Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Celina Symmonds from Medicine Hat and District Food Bank in Medicine Hat, AB. Read more about this post

Food Banks Need More Than Just Food – Because Life has Other Necessities

Food Banks Need More Than Just Food – Because Life has Other Necessities
Food banks also face a challenge when receiving donations, because it’s not often that period products are top of mind for donors. But there are some people willing to help. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Norman Dunn, SOS Dépannage/Moisson Granby

Food Banker Spotlight – Norman Dunn, SOS Dépannage/Moisson Granby
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Norman Dunn from SOS Dépannage/Moisson Granby in Granby, QC. Read more about this post

Majority of Canadians believe that hunger and food insecurity will worsen as a result of COVID-19

Majority of Canadians believe that hunger and food insecurity will worsen as a result of COVID-19
Food banks throughout the country are also trying to negotiate these uncharted waters. When people are out of work, they often have to rely on food banks. Read more about this post

Most Canadians View Hunger as a Serious Issue – Housing is a Key Pressure Point

Most Canadians View Hunger as a Serious Issue – Housing is a Key Pressure Point
As the economy and livelihoods of millions in our country are temporarily put on hold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians recognize the vulnerability of their neighbours and communities in being able to meeting their basic needs, and have responded with overwhelming generosity and support. Read more about this post

Thanking Food Bank Volunteers for Helping to Keep Canadian Communities Fed

Thanking Food Bank Volunteers for Helping to Keep Canadian Communities Fed
For National Volunteer Week 2020, we are more grateful than ever for the thousands of dedicated volunteers in food banks across the country, serving their communities during this critical time. Read more about this post

Helping Rural Food Banks to Literally Go the Distance

Helping Rural Food Banks to Literally Go the Distance
To help offset these transportation costs, Food Banks Canada established the Rural Transportation Grant. To date, thanks to the generous support of Sygenta and Farm Credit Canada, more than $777,000 has been distributed to rural food banks across the country Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Alex Boyd, Greener Village

Food Banker Spotlight – Alex Boyd, Greener Village
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Alex Boyd from Greener Village in Fredericton, NB. Read more about this post

Make a Difference in the Lives of Those Experiencing Hunger

Make a Difference in the Lives of Those Experiencing Hunger
Join Walmart Canada and Food Banks Canada in making a difference in the lives of those experiencing hunger in Canada through Walmart Canada’s fourth annual Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign. The campaign kicks off on February 18 and runs until March 20 in Walmart stores across the country and benefit local food banks. Read more about this post

Healthy Food Donation Ideas for Heart Month

Healthy Food Donation Ideas for Heart Month
When you’re choosing items to donate to your local food bank, consider donating nutritious foods, particularly those that are considered heart-healthy. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Diane Corkum, Project SHARE

Food Banker Spotlight – Diane Corkum, Project SHARE
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Diane Corkum from Project SHARE in Niagara Falls, ON. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Peter Sinclair, Loaves and Fishes Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Peter Sinclair, Loaves and Fishes Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Peter Sinclair from Loaves and Fishes Food Bank in Nanaimo, BC. Read more about this post

Make A Difference Over the Holiday Season

Make A Difference Over the Holiday Season
Here are some ways you can incorporate helping Canadians in need into your annual holiday traditions. Read more about this post

Celebrating Movers and Sharers

Celebrating Movers and Sharers
Financial contributions to Food Banks Canada are critical, but donations of resources such as transportation, skills, or services — known as “gifts-in-kind” — play an equally important role in helping us carry out our work. Read more about this post

Giving Back with #RecipesThatGive

Giving Back with #RecipesThatGive
During the festive season, giving back to the community becomes a priority for many. However, the hustle and bustle of the holidays can make it challenging to find the time to do so. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Mark LeBlanc, Vestiaire Saint-Joseph

Food Banker Spotlight – Mark LeBlanc, Vestiaire Saint-Joseph
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Mark LeBlanc from Vestiaire Saint-Joseph in Shediac, NB. Read more about this post

There Are Many Ways to Give

There Are Many Ways to Give
More and more, food banks are confronted with the question of how the public should donate – food or funds – and while food banks are all different, we would encourage our fellow Canadians to consider donating both. Read on to learn why. Read more about this post

Donate These Items at a Holiday Food Drive Near You

Donate These Items at a Holiday Food Drive Near You
Here are some of the items food banks need the most this holiday season. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – David Long, Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – David Long, Greater Vancouver Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on David Long from Greater Vancouver Food Bank in Burnaby, BC. Read more about this post

How to Give Back to Your Local Food Bank this Halloween

How to Give Back to Your Local Food Bank this Halloween
Take action this Halloween and find a local food bank to give funds, food or time! Read more about this post

Elections Are an Opportunity to Demand Better

Elections Are an Opportunity to Demand Better
We believe that Canadians deserve a government that will reduce the crippling cost of early learning and childcare across the country for far too many families. Read more about this post

Donating Nutritious Food to the Food Bank

Donating Nutritious Food to the Food Bank
If you are thinking of making a food bank donation this holiday season, please consider these nutritious items in this handy list. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Robin Bailey, Burlington Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Robin Bailey, Burlington Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Robin Bailey from the Burlington Food Bank in Burlington, ON. Read more about this post

What One Man and a Tractor Can Accomplish

What One Man and a Tractor Can Accomplish
Since its inception, FCC Drive Away Hunger has raised over 50 million meals! Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Maral Kiani Tari from Lethbridge Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Maral Kiani Tari from Lethbridge Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Maral Kiani Tari from Lethbridge Food Bank in Lethbridge, Alberta. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Bruce McRae, Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Bruce McRae, Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Bruce McRae from Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank in Iqakuit, Nunavut. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Eg Walters from Community Food Sharing Association

Food Banker Spotlight – Eg Walters from Community Food Sharing Association
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Eg Walters from Community Food Sharing Association in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Stacy Elia, GBF Community Services

Food Banker Spotlight – Stacy Elia, GBF Community Services
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Stacy Elia from GBF (Grimsby Benevolent Fund) Community Services in Grimsby, Ontario. Read more about this post

Thank You, After the Bell Volunteers!

Thank You, After the Bell Volunteers!
You helped hungry children play and dream this summer. Read more about this post

Best Before or Expired? Food Banks’ Questions Answered

Best Before or Expired? Food Banks’ Questions Answered
There continues to be confusion about best before dates and expiry dates on food and what they really mean to food banks. Many people incorrectly say food has “expired” if it reaches its best before date, so they throw it out. Others complain that best before dates on food actually increase food waste. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Sandy Singers, Partners in Mission Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Sandy Singers, Partners in Mission Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Sandy Singers from the Partners in Mission Food Bank in Kingston, ON. Read more about this post

Come tax time, why food banks across Canada are offering tax returns in addition to food

Come tax time, why food banks across Canada are offering tax returns in addition to food
Food banks across Canada do critical work to feed their neighbours in need every day. What some may not realize is that many also connect people with the tools, resources, and education needed to address the root causes of food insecurity – which is poverty and low incomes. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Gert Reynar, Leduc & District Food Bank Association

Food Banker Spotlight – Gert Reynar, Leduc & District Food Bank Association
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Gert Reynar from the Leduc & District Food Bank Association in Leduc, AB. Read more about this post

Consider Donating These Most-Needed Items at a Food Bank Near You

Consider Donating These Most-Needed Items at a Food Bank Near You
From April 4 to April 18, 2019, Loblaw Companies Limited stores nationwide are accepting both cash and food donations on behalf of local food banks. Show your support for Canadians in need by donating food or funds during the Loblaw Spring Food Drive! Read more about this post

5 Tips on Making the Most of Your Charitable Partnership

5 Tips on Making the Most of Your Charitable Partnership
Searching for ways to inspire your team in 2019? Want a way to build morale and pride through active relationships with a charity? Here are 5 quick tips to get the most out of your charitable partnership. They may just help make an impact both in engaging your employees and your charity partner! Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Tristan Newsome, Food Bank Society of Whitehorse

Food Banker Spotlight – Tristan Newsome, Food Bank Society of Whitehorse
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Tristan Newsome from the Food Bank Society of Whitehorse in Whitehorse, Yukon. Read more about this post

Walmart's Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign- Giving love in your local community

Walmart's Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign- Giving love in your local community
Join Walmart Canada and Food Banks Canada in making a difference in the lives of those experiencing hunger in Canada through Walmart Canada’s third annual Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign. This year’s goal is to reach 13 million meals! The campaign will run from February 14th to March 13th in Walmart stores across the country and benefit local food banks. Read more about this post

Healthy Food Donation Ideas for Heart Month — and All Year

Healthy Food Donation Ideas for Heart Month — and All Year
While perishable foods cannot be collected for food drives, there are plenty of healthy options readily available in the canned and packaged food aisles of your local grocery. Here are some suggestions. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight - June Muir of the Unemployed Help Centre

Food Banker Spotlight - June Muir of the Unemployed Help Centre
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on June Muir of the Unemployed Help Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight - Chrissie Roberts of East Wellington Community Services

Food Banker Spotlight - Chrissie Roberts of East Wellington Community Services
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Chrissie Roberts of East Wellington Community Services in Erin, ON. Read more about this post

Celebrating Movers and Sharers

Celebrating Movers and Sharers
Financial contributions to Food Banks Canada are critical, but donations of resources such as transportation, skills, or services — known as “gifts-in-kind” — play an equally important role in helping us carry out our work. Read more about this post

The Importance of Giving Back This Holiday Season

The Importance of Giving Back This Holiday Season
This holiday season, give back to your local food bank. Someone you know—a neighbor, a coworker, a friend—could be relying on food banks just to get by. Just a simple donation can make a huge difference. Read more about this post

Make a Difference over the Holiday Season

Make a Difference over the Holiday Season
As we gear up for the holiday festivities, our minds turn towards the season filled with loved ones, gift exchanges and favourite dishes at the dinner table. The holiday season is also the quintessential time to spread the spirit of giving to help those in need. Supporting food banks in your community is a great way to spread this spirit in a season filled with good cheer and kindness. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Laurie O’Connor of the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre

Food Banker Spotlight – Laurie O’Connor of the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Laurie O’Connor of the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre in Saskatoon, SK. Read more about this post

Terri Clark rides the CP Holiday Train

Terri Clark rides the CP Holiday Train
Each year the CP Holiday Train, beautifully bedecked in colourful lights, travels across Canada and the US delivering joy, hope — and music — while collecting donations for food banks in the communities along its route. This year Canadian Pacific (CP) celebrates the twentieth year of this magical event, which is just part of CP’s ongoing, year-round support of Food Banks Canada’s National Food Sharing System. Read more about this post

Donate these items to a holiday food drive near you.

Donate these items to a holiday food drive near you.
We’ve all done it before — headed into our pantry to round up those never-been-eaten canned goods or strange spaghetti to cobble together a food drive donation. But are those odds and ends what food bank recipients need the most? Read more about this post

Lending a hand at After the Bell packing event

Lending a hand at After the Bell packing event
In May of this year, I participated with the French’s team in a packing event organized by Food Banks Canada for their After the Bell program. This event brings together teams of corporate volunteers to assemble the food packs that will be given to children experiencing food insecurity over the summer months, when school food programs aren’t available. Read more about this post

Make a Difference over the Holiday Season

Make a Difference over the Holiday Season
Supporting food banks in your community is a great way to spread this spirit in a season filled with good cheer and kindness. Here are some ways you can incorporate helping Canadians in need into your annual holiday traditions. Read more about this post

Food Banks Need More Than Just Food – Because Life has Other Necessities

Food Banks Need More Than Just Food – Because Life has Other Necessities
Did you know that girls and women represent 49% of the adults who access food banks each month? That’s about 430,000 individuals who not only need access to food but also to items like feminine hygiene products. Read more about this post

Food Banks Canada's Corporate Partnership Awards

Food Banks Canada's Corporate Partnership Awards
Through their help, we have been able to acquire and share millions of pounds of food and provide program grants to food banks across the country. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Joy Haxton of the Lake Country Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Joy Haxton of the Lake Country Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Joy Haxton of the Lake Country Food Bank in Lake Country, BC. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Kerri Abbott of Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Food Banker Spotlight – Kerri Abbott of Society of St. Vincent de Paul
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Kerri Abbott of Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Carbonear, NL. Read more about this post

Our Vision of Zero Hunger in Canada

Our Vision of Zero Hunger in Canada
Hunger is an issue in Canada, but it doesn’t have to be. Read more about this post

Welcome to Ignite Knowledge Centre!

Welcome to Ignite Knowledge Centre!
On September 17, 2018, Food Banks Canada launched its newest, most integrated tool in support of the food bank network. Welcome to Ignite Knowledge Centre! Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Mike MacDonald of the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry and PEI Food Banks

Food Banker Spotlight – Mike MacDonald of the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry and PEI Food Banks
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Mike MacDonald the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry and PEI Food Banks. Read more about this post

What One Man and a Tractor Can Accomplish

What One Man and a Tractor Can Accomplish
Since its inception, FCC Drive Away Hunger has raised over 40 million meals! Read more about this post

Fresh Innovation at the Regina Food Bank

Fresh Innovation at the Regina Food Bank
With help from the +Fresh Gardens & Growing Fund, through Food Banks Canada, Compass Group Canada and Bayer Inc., the Regina Food Bank purchased and installed four aeroponic Tower Gardens in our Four Season Urban Agriculture Centre in May 2018. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Danielle McIntyre, Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge

Food Banker Spotlight – Danielle McIntyre, Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Danielle McIntyre of Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Nick Jennery, Feed Nova Scotia

Food Banker Spotlight – Nick Jennery, Feed Nova Scotia
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Nick Jennery of Feed Nova Scotia! Read more about this post

A $31 Billion Food Challenge

A $31 Billion Food Challenge
Just imagine, by simply decreasing the amount of healthy and edible food going to the landfill, we can strive for improvements in our environment! Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Michael Maidment, Ottawa Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Michael Maidment, Ottawa Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Michael Maidment of Ottawa Food Bank in Ottawa, ON. Read more about this post

After the Bell: How 300 Corporate Volunteers Made an Impact on Child Hunger

After the Bell: How 300 Corporate Volunteers Made an Impact on Child Hunger
On May 14th and May 15th, Food Banks Canada hosted over 300 corporate volunteers from 15 corporate companies who came together to show their commitment to relieving child hunger and allowing kids to have a worry free and joyful summer. Read more about this post

What is a Market Food Bank?

What is a Market Food Bank?
The Compass is set up like a small store that we call “The Market”. The shelves are stocked with a variety of goods, all arranged to replicate the appearance of a traditional retail grocery store. We carry food, personal care items and household goods. Using financial donations, we buy items like fresh milk and eggs, a selection of frozen meat and vegetables, and four types of fresh produce. Read more about this post

Representatives Against Hunger – An Important Step to Raise Awareness

Representatives Against Hunger – An Important Step to Raise Awareness
Every day, food banks across the country work to raise the food and funds needed to assist the 860,000 people who access their services each month. We are asking elected representatives and their staff to engage in a different, yet equally important step towards reducing hunger in Canada. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Meghan Nicholls, The Mississauga Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Meghan Nicholls, The Mississauga Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Meghan Nicholls from The Mississauga Food Bank in Mississauga, ON. Read more about this post

Every Plate Full: An Inspirational Challenge for the Canadian Members of IATSE

Every Plate Full: An Inspirational Challenge for the Canadian Members of IATSE
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) has over 21,000 members in 39 locals across Canada. In 2015, IATSE participated in the first annual Every Plate Full Challenge. Read more about this post

Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign – Make a Difference in Your Local Communities

Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign – Make a Difference in Your Local Communities
1.7 Million Canadians turned to a food bank last year. Join Walmart Canada and Food Banks Canada in making a difference in the lives of those experiencing hunger in Canada through Walmart Canada’s second annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign. Read more about this post

The Value of a Volunteer

The Value of a Volunteer
Volunteering means different things to different people. Margaret, for instance, initially got involved because she had free time she wanted to fill and thought since the food bank was close to her apartment, it might be a good thing to do. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Chantal Senecal, Executive Director for the Food Depot Alimentaire

Food Banker Spotlight – Chantal Senecal, Executive Director for the Food Depot Alimentaire
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Chantal Senecal, Executive Director of Food Depot Alimentaire in Moncton, New Brunswick. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Stephen Wallick of Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Stephen Wallick of Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Stephen Wallick of Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Read more about this post

Healthy Foods for Nutrition Month

Healthy Foods for Nutrition Month
Did you know that the foods we eat can help prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease? A nutritious diet keeps us feeling well for longer. And meals don’t need to be made up of fancy or costly foods! Read more about this post

Donating Nutritious Food to the Food Bank

Donating Nutritious Food to the Food Bank
If you are thinking of making a food bank donation, please consider these nutritious items in this handy list. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Chris Hatch, CEO of Food Banks Canada.

Food Banker Spotlight – Chris Hatch, CEO of Food Banks Canada.
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Chris Hatch, the new CEO of Food Banks Canada. Read more about this post

Consider Heart-Healthy Food Items When Making a Food Bank Donation

Consider Heart-Healthy Food Items When Making a Food Bank Donation
For this heart month, consider helping others in your community who are struggling with hunger by donating heart-healthy items. Read more about this post

Whitehorse Knows Northern Hunger

Whitehorse Knows Northern Hunger
Northern folk are proud of their communities and of their land. Despite the dark cold, most wouldn’t have it any other way. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Volker Kromm of the Regional Food Distribution Association

Food Banker Spotlight – Volker Kromm of the Regional Food Distribution Association
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Volker Kromm, Executive Director of the Regional Food Distribution Association in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Read more about this post

Coming Together to Give

Coming Together to Give
Especially around the holidays, it feels good to participate in an effort to help our neighbours. Read more about this post

There Are Many Ways to Give

There Are Many Ways to Give
More and more, food banks are confronted with the question of how the public should donate – food or funds – and while food banks are all different, we would encourage our fellow Canadians to consider donating both. Read on to learn why. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Feezah Jaffer of the Surrey Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Feezah Jaffer of the Surrey Food Bank
This month, our spotlight is on Feezah Jaffer, Executive Director of the Surrey Food Bank in Surrey, British Columbia. Read more about this post

Gearing up for the holiday season: a few ways to support Canadians in need

Gearing up for the holiday season: a few ways to support Canadians in need
The holiday season is the quintessential time to think about ways to spread good cheer and help put food on the tables of those in need. Supporting food banking is the perfect way to participate in the spirit of the season. Here are some ways you can incorporate helping Canadians in need into your annual holiday traditions. Read more about this post

Canadian Pacific Raises Food for Local Communities with the CP Holiday Train

Canadian Pacific Raises Food for Local Communities with the CP Holiday Train
For 19 years, the CP Holiday Train has travelled across the US and Canada, stopping in towns and cities to deliver live music and setting the stage for seasonal festivities. The CP Holiday Train also continues to help raise money and heart-healthy food items for local food banks during the festive season. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Sarah Norman of the St. George and Area Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Sarah Norman of the St. George and Area Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Sarah Norman, of the St. George and Area Food Bank in Saint George, New Brunswick. Read more about this post

Gearing Up for the Holiday Season

Gearing Up for the Holiday Season
The holiday season is the quintessential time to think about ways to spread good cheer and help put food on the tables of those in need. Supporting food banking is the perfect way to participate in the spirit of the season. Here are some ways you can incorporate helping Canadians in need into your annual holiday traditions. Read more about this post

Fresh from the Farm – More Than a Youth Gleaning Program

Fresh from the Farm – More Than a Youth Gleaning Program
Fresh from the Farm has become much more than a youth gleaning program. It has provided the youth with a summer long nutrition and education experience of a lifetime. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Lenetta Parry of Central Okanagan Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Lenetta Parry of Central Okanagan Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Lenetta Parry, Executive Director of Central Okanagan Food Bank in British Columbia. Read more about this post

How you can play a part in Hunger Awareness Week

How you can play a part in Hunger Awareness Week
From September 18-September 22, 2017, food banks across the county will come together to mark Hunger Awareness Week, a week dedicated to bringing attention to the issue of hunger in Canada and the important role food banks play in addressing hunger. Read more about this post

What One Man and a Tractor Can Accomplish

What One Man and a Tractor Can Accomplish
In 2004, a Farm Credit Canada employee decided to use his vacation time and his tractor and wagon to help his community. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Lori McRitchie of Airdrie Food Bank

Food Banker Spotlight – Lori McRitchie of Airdrie Food Bank
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Lori McRitchie, Executive Director of Airdrie Food Bank in Airdrie, AB. Read more about this post

Dealing with the Back to School Struggle

Dealing with the Back to School Struggle
August kicks off the beginning of the back to school routine. The season of new haircuts, new clothes, school supplies, and don’t forget about the registrations for all the after school programs! Back to school can be a wallet-draining, stressful time of the year for most families. What about the families who are already struggling to make ends meet? How do they cope with the added costs? Read more about this post

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Hunger Facts

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