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Summer inventory is dwindling: The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region says they need more non-perishable food and money donations to continue properly serving the community's needs
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The Food Bank of Waterloo Region is asking for help restocking their food inventory, which dwindles over the summer months.

They are hoping to collect more non-perishable food items through their summer campaign.

CEO Wendi Campbell says summer is a challenging time of year when it comes to stocking inventory at the food bank.

"This campaign is really trying to engage the community in a different way to help raise awareness about the needs of the hundred programs in our community food assistance network and raise much-needed food and funds to help us get through the challenging summer months."

She says there are many reasons why the number of donations may be lower in summer months.

"There's not a lot of school and community food drives happening, we're on vacation or out of town. Sometimes the needs of those who are hungry in our community are not top of mind like they are at other times of the year - but the need is consistent all year 'round."

She says more than 34,000 people in the community access an emergency food program every year.

"Adults, children, some who are struggling with illness, some who are trying to get back into the workforce - there are such a wide range of issues that bring people to the doors of the programs that we serve. Our job is to make sure that we have the supplies that we need to feed everybody in our community that is hungry."

She says if you need ideas on what kind of non-perishable donations to make, think of healthier options like rice, canned fruit, and canned vegetables.

To learn more about the summer campaign, visit the Food Bank of Waterloo Region website.




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