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Food Banking in Canada

Food banks offer a range of services

Food Banks Canada works with 550 food banks and more than 3000 food programs across Canada. In addition to a range of food-related programs for adults and children, many also offer other forms of support such as skills training, community kitchens and gardens, and helping people search for jobs, housing, or affordable child care.

Close to 40% of food banks are run solely by volunteers, and the remainder rely heavily on volunteer assistance. Many volunteers are current or former food bank recipients. One former food bank recipient, for example, says:

"I have always believed that if you take, you have to give back. I support my local food bank by giving at the grocery store, and I support Food Banks Canada too. I was very grateful, and I still am, for the help and support I received. So it was really a natural thing for me."

Food Banks Canada supports the food bank network through our Programs, by acquiring and sharing large-scale contributions of food and consumer products, by sharing funds secured from our corporate partners, and by collecting information and communicating about the work food banks do every day.

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