Rural Support

Thirty-five percent of food banks are located in rural and remote communities. Their location means they face unique challenges because these communities are sparsely populated, widely scattered, and geographically isolated.

The most significant challenge is that the cost of transporting food is much higher than in dense urban centres.

In addition, food banks operating beyond the urban core generally have fewer sources for food donations, which means they must often buy essentials like bread or milk to fill in gaps in their food hampers. Coupled with a smaller donor base for financial contributions, this can easily create hardship for these organizations.

Food Banks Canada supports the needs of food banks in rural, remote, and agricultural areas through our Rural Transportation Grant.

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The Rural Transportation Grant helps offset the higher costs of transportation in rural and remote areas.

The funding provided helps food banks in agricultural and rural areas, and in small communities with populations under 15,000, by reimbursing them for some of the essential expenses required for collecting and delivering food donations across large distances.

Funds go towards transportation-related expenses such as renting trucks and hiring third-party transportation, or maintaining or repairing vehicles owned by the food banks, as well as purchasing gas.

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