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.

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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.

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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 Banks offer food-focused programs, such as Community Kitchen, Community Garden, and nutrition education.

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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. 

News Releases

Read the latest news releases about Food Banks Canada activities and initiatives.

HungerCount reveals alarmingly high need for food banks

Far too many Canadians are being left behind and counting on food banks to get by, according to HungerCount 2014, a national study released today by Food Banks Canada.

How Banks Canada’s Corporate Partners Support Canadians in Need

Food Banks Canada, as the national organization addressing hunger in Canada has a two-fold mandate: to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow. We work towards this goal through activities such as our National Food Sharing Service that acquires and shares essential food throughout the country.

Food Banks Canada welcomes federal government support for northern agriculture

During his most recent visit to Canada’s North, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced new federal investments to help address northern food insecurity.

Frequently Asked Questions about Food Banks Canada and Food Banks

What is Food Banks Canada? What Types of Food are Provided by Food Banks? Does Food Banks Canada Have a Policy on What Foods Are Accepted?

All Foods Fit: Food Banks Canada Statement on the Types of Food Distributed by Food Banks

In response to recent media attention to the types of food distributed by food banks in Canada, Food Banks Canada would like to offer a few words of clarity on the issue.

Food Banks Canada Cranks Up the Volume on Hunger

During Hunger Awareness Week (May 5-9) Food Banks Canada is challenging Canadians to break the silence surrounding hunger in Canada by voicing their stories, their concerns, their support and their solutions for hunger on its online story wall.

Food Banks Canada Recognizes Leading Canadians Business’ for their Efforts to Address Hunger

3rd annual donor awards honour Farm Credit Canada, Loblaw Companies Limited, and Target Canada

Food bank use still at record highs

HungerCount 2013 shows number of Canadians helped each month 25% higher than five years ago

Food Banks Canada featured on W Network's Undercover Boss Canada

Episode premieres Thursday, September 19 at 9pm ET/PT

Hunger Lives Next Door: One-in-Five Canadians Skip Meals to Help Make Ends Meet

Help Food Banks Across Canada Reduce Hunger by supporting Hunger Awareness Week: May 6-10

Food Banks Canada welcomes key federal budget commitments to extend affordable housing and homelessn

Food Banks Canada is encouraged by the federal government’s 2013 budget commitment to maintain funding for affordable housing and homelessness programs which are critical strategies in addressing poverty and hunger in Canada as recommended in Food Banks Canada’s HungerCount 2012 report.

Food Banks Canada Launches Retail Program to Increase Food Support to Food Banks

Leading retailers join Food Banks Canada to provide essential food to food banks across the country.

Food Banks Canada and CBC’s Live Right Now Partnering to Help Canadian Families in Need

In the ongoing effort to address hunger in Canada, Food Banks Canada is partnering with CBC’s annual Live Right Now campaign. This year’s campaign goal encourages families to come together for meals while helping to raise 100,000 meals for families in need.

Food Banks Canada Honours its Leading Corporate Partners with Annual Donor Awards

Awards recognize significant support to the food banking community

Food Banks Canada urges Canadians to put food banks on their holiday gift giving list

Simple ways to help make the holidays a little jollier for those in need

Food Banks Canada Announces its Recipients for the Diamond Jubilee Medal

The Board of Directors of Food Banks Canada is honoured to announce its 33 recipients of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals. These individuals were chosen because of the significant impact they have made in the food banking community. These medals are bestowed in recognition of the Queen's 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

Food Banks Canada reports record number of Canadians using food banks; 38% are children

The number of Canadians turning to food banks for help is at an all-time high, according to the HungerCount 2012 national study released today by Food Banks Canada.

On World Food Day, October 16th, Food Banks Canada is asking Canadians to take action in support of

Statistics show that over 850,000 Canadians need help from a food bank each month

Food Banks Canada Asks You To “Give it Up” for Hunger Awareness Week

Join Food Banks Across the Country and Take Action to Reduce Hunger in Canada from May 7-11.

Food Banks Canada Recognizes Leading Corporate Partners with 2011 Donor Awards

Food Banks Canada announced the recipients of its first annual Corporate Partnership awards to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of its corporate partners to reduce hunger in Canada. These awards recognize the commitment and creativity with which the business community supports Food Banks Canada and the food banking community.

Food Banks Canada launches campaign that asks Canadians to Pledge to Say No to Hunger

Food Banks Canada is launching a new campaign today aimed at raising awareness of hunger in Canada, and specifically the root causes of the issue. Millions of Canadians struggle to get enough food to eat, and many of them are turning to food banks for assistance. The campaign’s goal is to educate the public around this complex issue and to ask all Canadians to take a pledge to Say No to Hunger.

Food bank use skyrockets by 26% since 2008

HungerCount 2011 provides essential information on levels of food bank use in Canada, profiles people in need of food assistance

World Food Day: Engage At Home and Around the World to Support Those Who are Hungry

Food Banks Canada asking Canadians to take action on October 16 in support of World Food Day.

Although Hunger in Canada at Record Level Canadians Can Make a Change and Make a Difference

Having reached the highest recorded peak for food bank usage in this country, Food Banks Canada is calling on all Canadians to Make a Change and Make a Difference on Hunger Awareness Day tomorrow.

Food Banks Canada's HungerCount study reports highest level of food bank use on record

The results of the HungerCount 2010 survey released today show food banks across Canada helped 867,948 separate individuals in March 2010, an increase of 9.2%, or more than 73,000 people, compared to March 2009. This is 28% higher than in 2008, and is the highest level of food bank use since 1997.

Food Banks Across the Country Recommend Increased Investment in Affordable Housing

For third year in a row, food banks highlight the need for affordable housing as a key element in reducing food bank use in Canada

Food Banks Canada Encourages Canadians to Take Action Against Hunger on World Food Day

Food Banks Canada encourages Canadians to take action against hunger on World Food Day, Saturday October 16, 2010

Food Banks Canada Launches Program to Assist Families in Need

Food Banks Canada Launches Program to Assist Families in Need

Feeding Change, Feeding Hope on World Food Day

Food Banks Canada releases Sharing our Stories: Food Banks Helping Canadians on World Food Day to tell the personal stories of Canadians in need