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Food Banks Canada is the only national charitable organization representing and supporting the food bank community across Canada. Learn more about us — how we’re organized, our membership, and our programs.

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Close to 900,000 Canadians each month are assisted by food banks. By understanding the nature of the problem, and the possible solutions, we can all do our part to make a difference.


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Hunger Fact

Canadians in rural communities rely on a food bank

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Community Spotlight

Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes Food Bank

Nanaimo, BC

Loaves and Fishes Food Bank serves over 1000 people every week.   In 2012 over 5300 different people have used their services, meaning that more than 1 in 20 people in Nanaimo have accessed the Food Bank.  This staggering statistic is indicative of the high unemployment and poverty that exists in the Mid Island region.  Services are provided at 8 different locations throughout the city. A multi depot model has been adopted because of Nanaimo’s extensive geographical area and the diversity of clients served. With the recent completion of a new warehouse and walk in cooler, Loaves and Fishes is working to increase the amount of perishable food donations it receives from individuals and grocery stores. 

Hunger Solutions

No discussion of hunger is complete without acknowledging the root cause: low income. The simple truth is that the number of people in Canada living in low income has not dropped below 2.7 million in any year in the current era. One of the ways that Food Banks Canada works toward the goal of reducing hunger is through social research and policy assessment as it pertains to people living in poverty.

Our regular HungerCount survey and the resulting annual report is the most comprehensive, in-depth research in the area of food bank use in Canada. This work is crucial in helping Food Banks Canada, policy makers, and opinion leaders to better understand the nature of hunger and low income, and develop appropriate and effective strategies in response.

We also engage in policy research, and make ongoing recommendations with regards to federal policy affecting, for example, disadvantaged workers, low income seniors, tax incentives to encourage donations to food banks, and other key areas.

For more information, please contact our Director, Policy and Research at 1-877-535-0958 x231.