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In addition to food security programs, we also deliver a range of supports and initiatives that create opportunities for individuals, children, and families. Our programs are designed to support improved health, relationships of trust, and connection with our environment.

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Hunger in Cambridge & North Dumfries Region

People who go to food banks for help don’t all have the same story, and there are many different reasons why someone might need emergency food. It could be because they lost their job suddenly, don’t earn enough money, can’t afford the high cost of food, or don’t have affordable housing. Fixing the problem of not having enough food is complicated and the solution is complex.

Many households in Waterloo region are struggling to afford to put food on the table.  Last year, the Community Food Assistance Network supported 34,620 individuals in need. 

Thanks to you, our caring community, the Network can provide access and connection to food and other essential services and resources that help people move forward with their lives.

THE NEED: What we’re seeing..

Between January – May 2024:

  • 841  households accessed the Cambridge Food Bank for the first time, a -26% decrease over the same period in 2023. This indicates 25% of unique households served are new visits.
  • 3,322 unique households accessed the Cambridge Food Bank, a 6% increase over the same period in 2023.
  • 7,599 unique individuals supported by the Cambridge Food Bank, a 19% increase over the same period in 2023.
  • 9,155 monthly hampers distributed to participants, a 18% increase over the same period in 2023.

 Ages – Unique 

  • 2,586 children were between 0 and 18 years old, a 35% increase over the same period in 2023.
  • 401 seniors were aged 65 and older, a 26% increase over the same period in 2023.

Housing 

  • 2,510  unique households lived in a private rental, a 5% increase over the same period in 2023. This indicates 76% of households served live in rentals.
  • 254 unique households lived in social housing, a 5% increase over the same period in 2023.
  • 144 unique households were homeowners, a 53% increase over the same period in 2023.
  • 175 unique households lived with family or friends, a 35% increase over the same period in 2023.
  • 112 unique households lived in an emergency shelter or were homeless, an 35% increase over the same period in 2023.

Income 

  • 894 unique households were receiving Ontario Works, a 40% increase over the same period in 2023. This indicates 27% of all unique households served with income type shared are receiving OW.
  • 720 unique households were receiving Ontario Disability Support Program payments, a 16% increase over the same period in 2023. This indicates 19% of all unique households served with income type shared are receiving ODSP.
  • 736 unique households were employed, a 38% increase over the same period in 2023. This represents 22% of unique households served during this time.
  • 133 unique households have no income source, a -8% decrease over the same period in 2023.
  • 56 unique households were receiving an Old Age Pension, a 33% increase over the same period in 2022.
  • 160 unique households were receiving CPP payments, a 14% increase over the same period in 2023.
  • 104 unique households were receiving Employment Insurance payments, a 12% increase over the same period in 2026

"We believe that access to nutritious food is a basic and fundamental human right. "

From The Cambridge Food Bank Guiding Principles

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