Helping people in need, goes well beyond the scope of food.
While food banks exist to offer vital assistance to individuals and families experiencing financial hardships, food isn’t the only thing they provide. Many also serve as vital community hubs where people can connect to services and supports they might not normally have access to.
HELPING FOOD BANKS TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCIES
Going beyond food is also about helping food banks to better support the communities they serve. One of the ways we do this is through online and in-person educational and networking opportunities to strengthen local capacity and ensure any investments and learnings offered in one corner of Canada are also made available in another. That way everyone can benefit.
a chance to
end the cycle
NATIONAL TAX CLINIC PROGRAM
Some social and financial safety nets are provided through the Canadian tax-filing system. However, many people living on a low income don’t file their taxes due to cost, a lack of access to tax clinics, or now knowing where to get help, thereby missing out on various benefits that might be available to them.
Through the National Tax Clinic Program, Food Banks Canada aims to provide the tools, supports, and resources that would allow more food banks to offer these types of services.
To date, we’ve successfully piloted the program at two food banks, with a plan to support more locations in the future. The long-term goal is to move people into a better financial position—in turn, reducing the need for food bank services.
Reach out to us for more information about our National Tax Clinic Program.
LEARNING AND JOB TRAINING
Education and job training can play a big role in ending the cycle of poverty. Yet more often than not, this is easier said than done. Learning opportunities typically require money, which tends to create an automatic barrier for entry if you happen to be someone that is struggling financially.
Food banks are helping people in need to break down those barriers.
From access to a computer and the internet—to educational programs, high school completion courses, and job training, many food banks across the country are connecting people to the support and resources they need beyond food in order to achieve long-term solutions for the future.