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A vast network, working together

Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing the food bank network in Canada.

While many people are aware of their local food bank, they may not know just how large the network of food banks across this country is.

We represent ten Provincial Associations, more than 500 Affiliated food banks, and over 3,000 food agencies. Together, we serve approximately 85% of the Canadians who turn to their community food bank or food program for help. Without our network, more than a million people each year would have times where they simply couldn’t put food on the table.

We support our network in a number of ways, including our programs, large-scale food donations made through our National Food Sharing System and our Retail Food Program, and financial support from us and from our donor partners. We also provide support through awareness raising campaigns that increase the profile of the issue of hunger and through advocacy work that finds longer-term solutions.

If you operate a food bank or agency and are not yet part of our network, please contact your Provincial Association to find out how you can become part of the movement to relieve hunger in Canada.

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of food distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh (eg. milk, eggs, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, bread)