Phones for Food
Program goals: Food Banks Canada has a long history of seeking innovative solutions to helping feed our nation’s hungry. We are especially proud to have launched the first national wireless device recycling program in Canada.
In 2010, Phones for Food was recognized with the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association’s “Connected to the Community” award.
Support: Through this program, more than half a million handheld devices to date have been diverted from landfills by being recycled or refurbished, earning more than $750,000 to support the food banking community. The program includes a granting component for food banks.
How to participate — corporations and individuals: Anyone can participate by collecting old, unwanted handheld devices and dropping them off at any Rogers Wireless, Fido, or Sony Style store. Alternatively, you may use the postage paid envelope enclosed with a new wireless handset purchased at a Rogers Wireless or Fido outlet. Or, download and print the postage-paid mailing label which you can affix to your own envelope or box and drop it into any mailbox.
Our recycling service provider will wipe all devices upon receipt; however, we do request that donors remove their SIM card before donating, as an extra level of security.
How to participate — food banks: We also invite Affiliate Member food banks to participate by:
- raising awareness of the program through their website, social media posts, newsletters, or other communications,
- collecting unwanted handheld devices from community members,
To provide funding for this program, or for more information, please call the 1-877-535-0958 x234.
Phones for Food is made possible with support from Rogers Communications Inc., Sony Canada, Purolator Inc., and Global Electric Electronic Processing.