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

Economic struggles push food bank use higher in 2015

- Canada’s food banks look to new federal government to implement solutions

Media Advisory - HungerCount 2015 will reveal alarming snapshot of food bank use across the country

- Canada’s food banks look to new federal government to implement solutions

Husky Canada Generously Supports Food Banks Across Canada

- Summer campaign results in $35,000 donation with goal of assisting Canadians in need

Food Banks Canada looks forward to working with the new Liberal Government to reduce the need for food banks

- Food Banks Canada would like to offer its congratulations to the new federal Liberal Government on its majority election victory. A promise to make positive change in Canada is a welcome sign of leadership by this incoming federal government.

On World Food Day, October 16th, Food Banks Canada is asking Canadians to learn about the challenges of hunger in rural communities across the country

- Rural and remote communities face greater challenges in assisting people living with hunger every day.

Canadians talk a lot about the food we eat but we don’t talk a lot about hunger

- Take a break from our food-crazed lives during Hunger Awareness Week, September 21 – 25, 2015

Food Banks Canada Recognizes Outstanding Food Banks and Corporate Leaders at Awards Dinner

- Awards honour organizations for their work in addressing hunger in Canada

Every Plate Full - National News Release

- Food Banks Canada Urging Canadians to Help Fill 26 Million Plates Needed for Canada’s Hungry this Summer #EveryPlateFull campaign asks Canadians to show support by posting empty plates on social media and making food & fund donations from May 2 to 8

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 homelessness programs

- 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 local food banks

- 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

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