Food Banks Canada is summoning businesses across the country to come together to learn more about food insecurity in Canada and help ‘shelve hunger’ by taking part in the Shelve Hunger Challenge.

Food Banks Canada works to provide relief from hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network in Canada. We have never needed your support more. As the need continues to grow and food bank visits continue to rise, the issue of food insecurity is a problem that can affect any one of us. You can help by fundraising along with your colleagues through the Shelve Hunger Challenge and help put food on the table for those who need it most!

The Shelve Hunger Challenge is a corporate fundraising and employee engagement program, created to increase awareness of food insecurity and raise funds for Food Banks Canada.

Learn How to Participate in the Challenge

Why it’s Important

Food Banks Canada’s HungerCount 2023 reported that there were almost 2 millions visits to food banks in March 2023 alone, and one in three food bank clients are children. It was also reported that one in six food bank clients are employed.

How to Participate

For many people across the country, access to certain types of food is difficult – for example fresh, perishable food can be a luxury. We challenge you to think about your lunch choices with this same lens, as you build your lunch for five days using only shelf-stable food items. This is an activity that can be done while working from home or the office.

Step One – Register

Just fill out the form below and a Food Banks Canada team member will contact you with all the details.

Step Two – Learn

Once officially signed up you will need to designate a Team Captain that will help guide the participants through the challenge. The Captain will receive a Toolkit with program instructions, sample communications, and fundraising ideas to keep their team of participants on track to reaching your fundraising and engagement goals.

Step Three – Share & Fundraise

All participants will receive a Playbook that explains the program and shares samples of social media posts they can use to let people know about the challenge and how to donate to their personal fundraising page.

Although food banks across Canada graciously offer fresh produce, meat, and dairy, some of the easiest and quickest types of food to transport and stock for food banks are shelf-stable items. These high-demand, shelf-stable (sometimes called non-perishable) foods include:
Whole Grains

Include items such as oatmeal, barley, cereals and pasta.

Lean Proteins

Include items such as canned tuna, salmon and beef as well as peanut butter, beans and lentils.

Canned Fruit & Veg

Include items such as canned peaches, pears, oranges, peas, carrots and tomatoes.

Milk Alternatives

Include items such as shelf-stable milk, powdered milk and non-dairy alternatives like almond and soy.


Please complete the form to have one of our associates contact you to learn more.