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Retail Food Program

Sharing food at the community level

The Retail Food Program is part of Food Bank Canada’s National Food Sharing System. It pairs participating locations of national retailers with local community food banks across the country to provide safe, quality food including: fresh, frozen, non-perishable foods, and consumer goods.

The program not only helps to ensure that food banks across Canada receive a regular, ongoing supply of essential items, but also helps reduce the cost of food waste experienced by retailers.

In a typical year, the Retail Food Program provides local food banks with over 13 million lbs. (over 5 million kg) of food.

"To say it takes a village applies to many communities; however, it is especially true here in Labrador West. Our relationship with local vendors and their employees through the retail food program is what allows us to continue to offer such a great service. This networking enables the Ministerial Food Bank to cut costs and provide quality food to each and every person who comes through our door.” - Rebecca Burke, Labrador West Ministerial Food Bank (March 2019)

"The retail food program provides the type of support that food banks across Canada need for us to move forward in our local communities. It helps us to build networks to increase our gleaning ability with local food establishments” - Gert Reynar, Leduc & District Food Bank Association (May 2018)

To participate, please email retailprogram@foodbankscanada.ca.

Thank you to our Retail Food Program Partners:

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