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Food banks are providing more fresh foods

Food banks are providing more fresh foods
Did you know that 40% of the food distributed by food banks across Canada is fresh or frozen? At Food Banks Canada, one of our goals is to increase the amount of fresh food that is distributed to local food banks and into the hands of those who need it most. People living with low incomes often struggle to access healthy food choices, and nutritious items from food banks can go a long way towards ensuring a complete diet.

Take a look at the efforts food banks make to provide the essentials. 

Keeping food fresh
Food banks require different types of equipment in order to transport, store and share perishable foods. This is particularly an issue for organizations in isolated rural areas that have to depend on winter ice road trucks or aircraft transport to receive food.  
 
Thanks to the Capacity Boost Fund, the Regional Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario was able to purchase a mobile refrigerated trailer unit allowing them to distribute food to remote First Nations communities. With an on-board generator, they were also able to offer education programs, community kitchens, and culturally appropriate opportunities that address elements of indigenous food sovereignty.
 
Gardens that give
Food banks recognize the importance of offering fruits and vegetables within a range of nutritious foods. Many food banks have their own growing programs that help to increase the amount of fresh items they provide in their hampers.

For example, the Penticton Salvation Army had 3,000 pounds of food picked by youth from their community garden. The young volunteers also learned about canning, pickling and juicing various types of fruits and vegetables.

Want to learn more about the types of items that food banks distribute? Watch our video!

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