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.

Get Involved

Together, we can make a difference to help reduce hunger and improve the lives of the nearly 900,000 Canadians who turn to food banks each month. Learn how you or your company can contribute.

Media

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 distributed in Canada is perishable (eg. milk, eggs, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, bread)

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Policy & Position Papers

As part of our mission to find long-term solutions to hunger in Canada, Food Banks Canada regularly publishes research, analysis, and recommendations with a particular emphasis on federal government policy and legislation.

Food Banks and the Dependence Myth

Food Banks and the Dependence Myth

The idea that food banks create dependence among the people they help is a common one. Many see food banks as providing – to use a well-worn phrase – a "hand out, not a hand up."

Fresh Food Tax Credit

Fresh Food Tax Credit

This policy paper outlines a tax credit plan to help farmers who donate fresh food to food banks.

A Tax Incentive Plan for Charitable Food Donations

A Tax Incentive Plan for Charitable Food Donations

This policy paper outlines a plan to increase donations of essential food to food banks by food manufacturers.

Food Banks Canada's Reaction to 2012 Federal Budget

Food Banks Canada's Reaction to 2012 Federal Budget

The Minister of Finance James Flaherty released the 2012 Federal Budget is one of economy and reduction of government spending.

Creating Quality Sustainable Jobs and a Resilient Workforce in Canada

Creating Quality Sustainable Jobs and a Resilient Workforce in Canada

It is more important than ever that Canada maximize the number of its working-age citizens who are able to play an active, productive role in the labour market.

Food Banks Canada’s Response to the 2011 Federal Budget

Food Banks Canada’s Response to the 2011 Federal Budget

The theme of Minister of Finance James Flaherty’s 2011 budget speech, released yesterday, is one of effective control – of the economy, of government spending, of uncertainly in the financial system, and of uncertainty more generally.

It’s RRSP Season – If You Have the Money

It’s RRSP Season – If You Have the Money

As tax time approaches, the web is abuzz with advice on smart investing. RRSP, TFSA, RESP, bonds, mutual funds, GICs – it’s enough to make your head spin. Unfortunately, for a large number of Canadians it’s pretty much irrelevant.

Policies that Reduce Hunger – What Would Decrease the Need for Food banks in Canada?

Policies that Reduce Hunger – What Would Decrease the Need for Food banks in Canada?

Through its annual HungerCount survey, Food Banks Canada asks food banks, soup kitchens, and other food assistance programs to rate the five government policy changes they think would make the most difference in alleviating hunger in their communities.

Fairness for Canadian Seniors – A Reality Check on Pensions

Fairness for Canadian Seniors – A Reality Check on Pensions

The current national conversation about Canada’s retirement income system has been a great example of Canadians talking to each other about what really matters.

Food Banks Canada’s Response to the 2010 Federal Budget

Food Banks Canada’s Response to the 2010 Federal Budget

Federal budget 2010, focuses on the final year of stimulus spending ($19 billion), and on austerity measures put in place to reduce the federal budget deficit to $1.8 billion in 2014.

Improving the Tax System to Help Low-Income Canadians Enter and Remain in the Workforce

Improving the Tax System to Help Low-Income Canadians Enter and Remain in the Workforce

In March 2007, Canadian food banks assisted more than 720,000 adults and children – equivalent in size to the population of New Brunswick. In the same month, affiliated food programs served 2,244,462 meals to those in need.