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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

Seeing is Believing - After the Bell, Summer Hunger

Seeing is Believing - After the Bell, Summer Hunger
When the final school bell rings, not all children enjoy worry free summer vacations or weekends. Food insecurity doesn’t stop with the warm temperatures or days off, or as we say “hunger doesn’t take a vacation”. Many children who participate in school breakfast and lunch programs during the school year have gaps in reliable food sources. Read more about this post

Families Struggle…even on Father’s Day

Families Struggle…even on Father’s Day
Families come in all kinds of shapes and forms but regardless of structure, many families across Canada are struggling financially. Job loss, ill health or other issues affecting the family income can weigh particularly heavy on a parent, especially when he or she feels not able to provide the necessities of life, such as food. Thousands of fathers face this every month and need to turn to food banks to fill the gaps. Read more about this post

Celebrating Our Donors!

Celebrating Our Donors!
Every year, we recognize the companies that made outstanding commitments to Food Banks Canada and a difference in the lives of Canadians with our Corporate Donor Awards. Read more about this post

After the Bell: 2 Days + 240 Volunteers + 100,000 lb of Food Equals To…

After the Bell: 2 Days + 240 Volunteers + 100,000 lb of Food Equals To…
On May 16 and 17th, Food Banks Canada hosted more than 240 volunteers from our corporate partners, committed to making kids’ summer joyful again by helping to relieve their hunger! Read more about this post

Community Gardening- A Way to Raise Food and Much, Much More

Community Gardening- A Way to Raise Food and Much, Much More
Some people were raised with gardening in their blood, others have no experience with it at all. Either way, it is a worthwhile endeavor. This activity is catching on with many Food Banks in a big way. Read more about this post

Hunger On The Hill – an important step to raise awareness

Hunger On The Hill – an important step to raise awareness
On May 17th, Food Banks Canada has asked all Parliamentarians and their staff to fast for the day to feel what it’s like to go through an average day without enough food to eat. Read more about this post

Celebrating Mothers

Celebrating Mothers
From the day a woman becomes a mother, her children look to her as a source of protection and well-being. Many mothers feel the overwhelming need to provide for their children, so, imagine the heartbreak when, due to life circumstances, a mother is not able to consistently put food on the table. Read more about this post

As winners of Google.org Impact Challenge, we’ll use technology to acquire more food

As winners of Google.org Impact Challenge, we’ll use technology to acquire more food
We are thrilled to have been named winner of the People’s Choice Award in the recent Google.org Impact Challenge. Along with that honour comes a sizeable grant that will help us create a digital tool to acquire and share more food than ever before and get it more quickly into the hands of people in need. Read more about this post

How food banks help our communities

How food banks help our communities
As food drive season ramps up before the spring holiday, it’s a great time to reconsider the role that food banks have in their communities. Here we share insights into the services that food banks provide to better help recipients meet their own long-term needs. Read more about this post

Federal Budget Takes Long-Term Steps Towards Helping Canadians Living in Poverty

Federal Budget Takes Long-Term Steps Towards Helping Canadians Living in Poverty
Food Banks Canada’s Response to the 2017 Federal Budget Read more about this post

Canada, let’s fund an app that diverts food away from landfill and towards people in need.

Canada, let’s fund an app that diverts food away from landfill and towards people in need.
Food Banks Canada has been chosen as one of the 10 finalists in the Google.org Impact Challenge to receive funding to support the development of its FoodAccess app. The Google.org Impact Challenge will grant $5 million across 10 projects that have the potential to change the world and make an impact in people's lives. Read more about this post

I Went to the Food Bank

I Went to the Food Bank
The Food Bank was only a small part of my childhood, but is still a big part of my life. Read more about this post

Most needed heart-healthy food bank donations

Most needed heart-healthy food bank donations
People living in poverty often struggle to access healthy food choices, and heart-healthy items from food banks can go a long way towards improving their diet. Read more about this post

We need real change on northern food security

We need real change on northern food security
Far too many northerners lack access to affordable, culturally appropriate foods; this is nothing less than a public health emergency. Read more about this post

Subway National Sandwich Day Campaign

Subway National Sandwich Day Campaign
More than half a million Canadians participated in SUBWAY® Canada’s National Sandwich Day event on November 3, 2016, in support of Food Banks Canada. Find out how a carefully constructed campaign generated plenty of buzz as well as an overwhelming number of sales, happy customers, and meals for Canadians most in need. Read more about this post

Spotlight on Food Banking …. With Marilyn Herrmann

Spotlight on Food Banking …. With Marilyn Herrmann
Introducing a new feature on our blog which profiles individuals in food banking across Canada! Read more about this post

Food or Funds? How to help food banks during the holidays

Food or Funds?  How to help food banks during the holidays
Recent news stories have questioned whether donating food is the best way to help put food on the tables of those in need and advocated for people to move to donate money. We’ve added our thoughts to this discussion so read on to learn more about how you can best support your local food bank this holiday season. Read more about this post

Celebrating movers and sharers

Celebrating movers and sharers
Financial support is vital in helping our organization ensure that no Canadian goes hungry. But not every gift to Food Banks Canada comes as food or with a dollar sign in front of it. Find out which companies are contributing valuable services and resources, how these “gifts-in-kind” are helping us achieve our goals, and how you can get involved too. 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

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

The Promise of a Basic Income in Canada

The Promise of a Basic Income in Canada
The HungerCount 2016 report calls on provincial and territorial governments to dismantle their social assistance programs and create a Basic Income, administered through the tax system. Read more about this post

HungerCount is Coming November 15

HungerCount is Coming November 15
The HungerCount is the only comprehensive Canadian study of food banks and the people who access them and will be released on November 15th. 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

Help those in need this Halloween!

Help those in need this Halloween!
There are many ways that you can make a difference this Halloween, we’ve outlined 5 ideas to get you started. Read more about this post

Cargill makes a difference this World Food Day

Cargill makes a difference this World Food Day
Food Banks Canada is proud to work with corporations who engage their employees in making this world a better place. Read more about this post

Give Back This Thanksgiving

Give Back This Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving only a few days away, many local food banks have geared up for the giving season and launched food drives during the month of October. Read more about this post

These partnerships are nourishing for everyone

These partnerships are nourishing for everyone
Companies in the food and nutrition industries have a special bond with Food Banks Canada because our businesses are so intrinsically aligned. Here’s how two of them are achieving their corporate goals and making a difference by helping us nourish Canadians who are hungry. Read more about this post

Turkey Farmers Care

Turkey Farmers Care
Turkey Farmers of Canada is honoured to have this opportunity to give back to rural communities across the country so that people can enjoy a holiday turkey meal with family and friends, that otherwise may not happen. Read more about this post

Let’s Draw the Line on Hunger!

Let’s Draw the Line on Hunger!
This year during Hunger Awareness Week (September 19-23), Food Banks Canada is calling on Canadians to draw the line on hunger and share how we can make an impact on this solvable issue. Read more about this post

It’s Time for a National Poverty Reduction Strategy

It’s Time for a National Poverty Reduction Strategy
During Hunger Awareness Week, food banks across the country are telling the stories of the work they do in their communities. They are raising awareness of hunger in Canada, and asking all Canadians to take action to reduce food insecurity. 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

After the Bell a resounding success!

After the Bell a resounding success!
Our new After the Bell program has wrapped up after a highly successful summer of delivering nutritious, kid-friendly snacks to children in Ontario and Saskatchewan. Coordinators, kids and parents are all giving the program rave reviews. Read more about this post

Food banks are providing more fresh foods

Food banks are providing more fresh foods
Did you know that 40% of the food distributed by food banks across Canada is fresh or frozen? Take a look at the efforts food banks make to provide the essentials. Read more about this post

The changing face of food banks

The changing face of food banks
What is a food bank? Some don’t have an understanding of the role they play in communities and the evolution many food organizations have undergone in the last 30 years. Many aren’t aware of the amazing work, the incredible passion, the diverse initiatives, and the care for neighbours that characterize food banks in Canada. We want Canadians to see the food banks of today and how they have evolved. Read more about this post

Food Banks Canada National Food Sharing System

Food Banks Canada National Food Sharing System
Our National Food Sharing System is an innovative way to deliver more food to the food bank network to help those who need it most, thanks to the support of our committed donors. Read more about this post

Food Banks Canada's National Retail Food Program

Food Banks Canada's National Retail Food Program
Our Retail Food Program is an innovative way to deliver more food to those who need it thanks to the participation of the grocery retail sector. Learn more. Read more about this post

Should Refugees Need to Access Food Banks?

Should Refugees Need to Access Food Banks?
Our response to Syrian refugees is just one example of how the voluntary sector – partially and imperfectly – is filling the gaps left by governments. Read more about this post

What will happen after the bell rings?

What will happen after the bell rings?
Many children from food insecure households go hungry during the summer months, when school meal programs are not available. Our new child hunger program, After the Bell, is helping kids in several communities enjoy nutritious foods so they too can enjoy a happy, healthy — and fun — summer. Read more about this post

Hunger doesn’t take a vacation

Hunger doesn’t take a vacation
This summer alone more than 950,000 Canadians will turn to a food bank for help. There is a growing need to support community food banks, and for this reason, egg farmers are a proud partner of Food Banks Canada. Read more about this post

Introducing After the Bell!

Introducing After the Bell!
For most kids, summer is a time for freedom and fun, but for some children it can mean struggling with hunger. When school winds down for summer so do many of the breakfast and lunch programs that ensure those kids that live with food insecurity get the food they need. Read more about this post

Gardens that Give – Community Gardens make an impact!

Gardens that Give – Community Gardens make an impact!
Recognizing the important role of fresh food in a nutritious diet, Food Banks Canada supports programs that provide food banks with more foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and dairy products. Read more about this post

THANK YOU CANADA!

THANK YOU CANADA!
31 days and 1,270,670 meals raised to help fill the summer meal gap! Read more about this post

Hunger On The Hill – Parliamentarians rise to the challenge to help raise awareness

Hunger On The Hill – Parliamentarians rise to the challenge to help raise awareness
On May 18th, more than 120 Parliamentarians and staff fasted for the day to raise awareness of hunger and to show solidarity with those in need. Read more about this post

Celebrating Our Donors!

Celebrating Our Donors!
Every year, we recognize the companies who have stood out in the crowd with our Corporate Donor Awards. These companies have all made outstanding commitments to Food Banks Canada and through their work have made a difference in the lives of Canadians. Read more about this post

700,000 meals and counting!

700,000 meals and counting!
Canadians from coast to coast have stepped up to raise over 700,000 meals so far for the Every Plate Full campaign but with your help we can help ensure more of our neighbours don’t go hungry this summer. Read more about this post

International Day of Families - Get involved with Every Plate Full!

International Day of Families - Get involved with Every Plate Full!
International Day of Families is an opportunity to reflect on the issues and consider the challenges, as well as opportunities, that are facing families across the world. Read more about this post

Hunger On The Hill – An important step to raise awareness

Hunger On The Hill – An important step to raise awareness
On May 18th, Food Banks Canada has asked all Parliamentarians and their staff to fast for the day to feel what it’s like to go through an average day without enough food to eat. Read more about this post

Canadians are filling plates!

Canadians are filling plates!
The Every Plate Full National Fund and Food Drive is officially underway with 124 food organizations participating this year. Read more about this post

Helping communities in Alberta affected by the wildfire

Helping communities in Alberta affected by the wildfire
We are grateful to know that all the staff at the Wood Buffalo Food Bank are safe and our thoughts go out to all community members who have been deeply affected by this situation. Read more about this post

Every Plate Full

Every Plate Full
In its second year, the #EveryPlateFull campaign, is once again urging Canadians to address the 26,548,725 summer meal gap that is facing Canadians struggling with hunger. Read more about this post

How I manage grocery shopping on a low income

How I manage grocery shopping on a low income
This week’s guest blog is from Heather Hedlund who has saved thousands of dollars on groceries for her family. Read more about this post

Why rural food banks need extra help

Why rural food banks need extra help
There’s a world of difference between rural food banks and their urban counterparts. That’s why we have a special program dedicated to food banks in rural areas. Read more about this post

Strategic investments make a big difference

Strategic investments make a big difference
A significant portion of the work we do involves helping to build the capacity of food banks. But what exactly do we mean by “building capacity”? Read more about this post

Keeping food moving with the Transportation Fund

Keeping food moving with the Transportation Fund
Think of a food bank and what do you picture? Probably a warehouse-type building. But food banks also need wheels — and some pretty big ones at that! Read more about this post

Why Canada Needs the HungerCount

Why Canada Needs the HungerCount
The HungerCount has been performed every year since 1997, and it is needed now more than ever. Read more about this post

Most Needed Nutritious Food Bank Donations

Most Needed Nutritious Food Bank Donations
Food drives are an important source of donations and help ensure food bank shelves are filled when the need is high. Read more about this post

Federal Budget Offers Significant Support To Canadians Living in Poverty

Federal Budget Offers Significant Support To Canadians Living in Poverty
Food Banks Canada’s Response to the 2016 Federal Budget. Read more about this post

Nutrition4All - How do food banks provide nutritious items?

Nutrition4All - How do food banks provide nutritious items?
Did you know March is Nutrition Month? Food banks across Canada recognize the importance of health eating. Read more about this post

Doing Good by Doing Your Grocery Shopping

Doing Good by Doing Your Grocery Shopping
Grocery retailers help to significantly increase food donations by providing the opportunity for shoppers to make non-perishable food donations right in store. Read more about this post

Does your company belong on the red carpet?

Does your company belong on the red carpet?
Learn more about becoming a National Participant for Every Plate Full. In 2016, from May 1-31, food banks across Canada will come together to participate in the Every Plate Full Food Drive with an inspiring goal: to fill the plates of every hungry Canadian this summer. Read more about this post

Most needed heart-healthy food bank donations

Most needed heart-healthy food bank donations
People living in poverty often struggle to access healthy food choices, and heart-healthy items from food banks can go a long way towards improving their diet. Read more about this post

Are you smitten? Spread the love this Valentine’s Day!

Are you smitten? Spread the love this Valentine’s Day!
While many are out at shopping malls to buy cards, flowers and other presents; there are others in your community who quietly struggle to make ends meet every month. Read more about this post

Sharply rising food prices are hurting us all

Sharply rising food prices are hurting us all
A number of factors, including a shrinking loonie and California’s drought, have resulted in rapidly rising food prices. While this is causing hardship for many Canadians, those with the lowest incomes are hardest hit. How are food banks coping with the increased need? What can you do to help? Read more about this post

Northern Food Insecurity is About More than Just the Price of Food

Northern Food Insecurity is About More than Just the Price of Food
In Canada’s territories, 1 in every 5 households skips meals because there isn’t enough food in the house, or eats suboptimal food because they can’t afford better. Read more about this post

Do you know a caring Canadian?

Do you know a caring Canadian?
Each year, Canadians volunteer their time for the opportunity to make a positive impact in their communities. In 2013, 12.7 million people aged 15 years and older participated in some form of volunteer work. Read more about this post

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Hunger Facts

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of food distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh (eg. milk, eggs, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, bread)