Food Bank Insights

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What not to donate to a food bank
To ensure safety for all, there are certain items we can’t accept at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Help us provide the best support to those in need by following our donation guidelines.
the food bank's community map is shown in purple, blue and green colors
Community Food Assistance Network in Waterloo region
The Food Bank is the leader of the Community Food Assistance Network in Waterloo region. From July 2022 to June 2023, we acquired and distributed 7.2 million pounds of food to our Network and provincial partners through the Food Bank Distribution Services program. Read our latest Community Impact report to gain insights into the impactful work we're doing.
the different types of food that are available in this info sheet, including baby items
Understanding Best Before Dates & Donations to Food Banks
Know the difference before you donate! Best before dates tell you when a product's quality fades, not its safety—expiry dates are the safety stop sign.
With #FoodInsecurity rising rapidly in the Waterloo region, it's never been so important for the community to take action! We encourage you to take some time to learn how you can contribute to food security. Food Program, Food Insecurity, Food Security, Take Action, The Community, To Learn
September Marks Hunger Action Month
With #FoodInsecurity rising rapidly in the Waterloo region, it's never been so important for the community to take action! We encourage you to take some time to learn how you can contribute to food security.