About Us

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.

Learn About Hunger

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.


The latest news about Food Banks Canada, our partners, and our programs, as well as helpful resources for our communications partners and members of the media.

Hunger Fact

of food bank users pay market rent

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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. 

Links and resources

We encourage all Canadians to get involved! Use this page as a starting point for your research or personal action plan to help us make a difference in the lives of people living with low income and hunger.

Poverty Reduction

Provincial Poverty Reduction Strategies

Newfoundland and Labrador

Reducing Poverty:  An Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

Preventing Poverty. Promoting Prosperity. Nova Scotia's Poverty Reduction Strategy

New Brunswick

The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan


Government Action Plan to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion


Breaking the Cycle.  Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy


All Aboard:  Manitoba's Poverty Reduction Strategy

Food Security

Good Samaritan Laws