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April 2021

How Feed Ontario Helped their Members During COVID-19

How Feed Ontario Helped their Members During COVID-19
Hunger eradication is not something that can be done solely by one person. It really takes a village at all levels —national, provincial and municipal to work towards a solution. And from food distribution to securing donations and helping multiple local communities at the same time, Feed Ontario has their hands full within the province. Read more about this post

Saskatoon Food Bank – Through Sickness and Health

Saskatoon Food Bank – Through Sickness and Health
Laurie O’Connor, Executive Director at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre has been volunteering at food banks since she was a teenager. She remembers visiting after school and being inspired by the work that was seen. Seeing many people have access to food that they could not afford always made her day, and spending time in the food bank opened Laurie’s eyes to a world of inequalities that she wanted to change. As she grew up, she knew that she wanted to continue being there for those experiencing food insecurity. Read more about this post

How Food Banks Help the Environment

How Food Banks Help the Environment
With the staggering levels of food insecurity in our country it’s hard to fathom good food going to waste yet every year billions of dolllars of quality excess food is wasted throughout all levels of the food chain – from farmers, producers and processors, to retailers and households. Read more about this post

The Importance of Community at the Airdrie Food Bank

The Importance of Community at the Airdrie Food Bank
In 2006, Lori McRitchie, Executive Director at the Airdrie Food Bank did not know that she would fall in love with the food banking world. The compassion, the support and the kindness are just a few of the characteristics that would describe what she sees every day. Read more about this post

The Importance of PPE at the Food Banks

The Importance of PPE at the Food Banks
The pandemic pushed food insecurity to new heights in 2020. With businesses closing, unemployment rates skyrocketing and schools shutting down, food banks across Canada were getting ready to welcome the increasing number of clients visiting their food banks. Read more about this post

National Volunteer Week 2021: The Value of One, the Power of Many

National Volunteer Week 2021: The Value of One, the Power of Many
The theme of National Volunteer Week 2021 is The Value of One, The Power of Many. For the thousands of food banks across Canada, this sentiment rings especially true of the experience throughout the last year. Read more about this post

How the Peter McKee Community Food Centre Keep Clients Smiling Even During Pandemic

How the Peter McKee Community Food Centre Keep Clients Smiling Even During Pandemic
Heather Richards, now manager at the Peter McKee Community Food Centre has worked with vulnerable populations for many years. When she heard that the Peter McKee Community Food Centre needed someone to run the Food Centre, she knew that she had to step in to help, but it was no cakewalk. Cries for help, tears of joy and struggling clients reaching out were all part of her daily life at the Food Centre. Read more about this post

Supporting a National Network of Food Banks Through Innovation During a Time of Crisis

Supporting a National Network of Food Banks Through Innovation During a Time of Crisis
In order to rally everybody from coast-to-coast-to-coast, the team at Food Banks Canada brought the entire food banking system together in a way they had never done previously. Read more about this post

Food Banks Canada and the Importance of Partnerships

Food Banks Canada and the Importance of Partnerships
The task to combat food insecurity is a challenging one on the best of days. Add a global pandemic into the mix and suddenly you’re faced with a mission that’s seemingly impossible. Read more about this post

Food Banker Spotlight – Monique Trépanier, Moisson Mauricie / Centre-du-Québec

Food Banker Spotlight – Monique Trépanier, Moisson Mauricie / Centre-du-Québec
We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Monique Trépanier from Moisson Mauricie / Centre-du-Québec in Trois-Rivières, QC. Read more about this post

How a former food bank client used his experience to help those in need

How a former food bank client used his experience to help those in need
Food bank use is an impossible choice. Most of the time, clients end up at a food bank because of unfortunate situations. It could be job loss, mental or physical health issues, or a vast variety of other reasons. For Mark Leblanc, Executive Director at the Shediac Food Bank, it started as an escape from an abusive family, but it turned out to be one of the best things that could’ve happened to him. Read more about this post

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Hunger Facts

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of food distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh (eg. milk, eggs, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, bread)