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Food Banks Canada National Food Sharing System

Food Banks Canada National Food Sharing System
Increasing Demand
One of the critical needs of food banks is to acquire enough food to share with community members in need. This is why a key action area of Food Banks Canada is to raise food to share across our national network of more than 530 food banks. With over 850,000 people turning to food banks each month, there is a significant need for food banks to acquire and share more food.
How it works 
The National Food Sharing System (NFSS) is Food Banks Canada’s longest standing initiative and it has worked to increase the amount of food we are able to access and distribute. Through the NFSS, we obtain warehousing to collect and store large donations and use both donated and purchased transportation to get the food to communities in all parts of Canada. These donations are used by local food banks in hampers, soup kitchens and other types of food programs. 
Making a difference
The NFSS is highly efficient. Every $1 donated enables us to acquire and share $20 of food and consumer products. We share non-perishable items such as peanut butter, pastas and soups as well as fresh products such as meat, dairy and produce! Non-food items, for household needs, are also shared which can free up dollars in order for families to purchase essential food items.
Last year, we received over 12 million pounds of donated food that reached even the remotest parts of Canada!
The NFSS is a solution provider for businesses in the food industry. We help to redirect surplus food and make it a win for all of our partners – companies and food banks! If you want to know more about how your organization can contribute click here.
The NFSS is made possible only through the generous support of food and transportation donors. Thank you for your commitment to reducing hunger in Canada.


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