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More Than A Food Bank

At the Cambridge Food Bank, ‘More Than a Food Bank’ means we’re not just about providing food; we’re about making a real impact on our community. Scroll below to see the positive changes we are making beyond emergency food assistance. Your support helps us build a stronger and more connected community.

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Cambridge rate of poverty below provincial average

A website developed by Community Food Centres Canada provides detailed demographic statistics about poverty and food insecurity in federal ridings across the country.  Click here to read more


Cambridge Food Bank mascot gets its name

‘Olive’ was selected due to it simplicity, friendliness and connection to food.

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Video Highlights


Family Over Everything – A Journey to a Better Life

While the path may be different for everyone, we know that for many, using a food bank is a temporary step on their journey to a better life.
Meet Theo and his family and see how far their journey has taken them.


The Importance of Food Sovereignty

Stay tuned for an inspiring new video featuring our Mobile Food Market (MFM) filmed at the Langs.  This video will highlight the importance of food sovereignty in Waterloo Region, showcasing community-driven solutions to food insecurity and the vital role of local initiatives like the Langs MFM in bringing fresh, nutritious food directly to those in need. Coming soon…

January 1 2024
Cambridge Food Bank workshop helping people take control of their health

January 4 2024
Search continues for new home for Cambridge Food Bank

January 6 2024
Cambridge Food Bank looking for a larger space to combat rise in food insecurity

January 10 2024
Funding boost helps Food Bank of Waterloo Region fight complexities of food insecurity

January 15 2024
Music bingo fundraiser to benefit Cambridge Food Bank 

January 23 2024
Federal government announces $1 million in funding for Cambridge services

February 7 2024
Cambridge Food Bank running free cooking classes for youth

February 21 2024
Cambridge Food Bank releases free March Break activity schedule

February 23 2024
Cambridge Food Bank in need of donations

March 9 2024
Cambridge Food Bank running stuff-a-van event this weekend

March 12 2024
Help the ongoing battle against hunger during ‘Stuff a Van’ events

March 12 2024
Cambridge Food Bank’s aid doubles over two years, time to replenish shelves

March 25 2024
Mobile Food Market expands to offer online shop

March 27 2024
Cambridge Food Bank opens registration for free youth spring programs

March 28 2024
Donation push for Cambridge Food Bank

April 2 2024
Sorting volunteers put on hold at Cambridge Food Bank as donations dip

April 5 2024
Cambridge Food Bank seeks feedback to better understand food insecurity

April 9 2024
Cambridge Food Bank scrambling to save food after Monday night arson

April 9 2024
Rush to save food after fire at Cambridge Food Bank

April 16 2024
Community support helps Cambridge Food Bank bounce back from fire

April 16 2024
Community helps Cambridge Food Bank rebound after arson

April 18 2024
St. Augustine students step up in support of the Cambridge Food Bank

April 22 2024
Mothers’ Day fundraiser aims to help the Cambridge Food Bank

April 24 2024
Cambridge Food Bank named beneficiary of Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign

May 24 2024
Smile Cookie campaign gives sweet boost to Cambridge food bank

May 31 2024
Cambridge Food Bank mascot gets its name

June 19 2024
Food Bank celebrating Pollinator week at Cambridge farmers’ markets

June  26 2024
Cambridge Food Bank fundraiser returns 

June 27 2024
Volunteer group readies for summer of Cambridge Food Bank drives

July 4 2024
Local chicken farmers donate 4,000 meals to the Cambridge Food Bank

 

Aug 22 2023
Federal funding supports 64 Waterloo Region organizations.  Grants of $3 million came from the Community Services Recovery Fund

July 29 2023
Huge increase in homeowners & full-time workers using Cambridge food bank, report finds.  ‘Food is going out as fast as we bring it in’ says Cambridge Food Bank executive director

July 27 2023
Children’s Wellness Hub reopens after being forced to close during pandemic.  Porchlight counselling services cuts the ribbon on their children’s wellness hub and welcomes Cambridge youth back for support

July 27 2023
People accessing the food bank up nearly 100 per cent in all categories.  
Cambridge Food Bank continues to see unprecedented numbers of new users as demand for it’s services skyrocket

July 26 2023
Seasons Cambridge retirement home gives back to food bank. Cambridge seniors collected dozens of cans of food and raised $2,100 for the Cambridge Food Bank earlier this month

July 21 2023
Food insecurity ‘across the map’ in Cambridge, according to food bank’s 2022 Hunger Report.  Number of full- and part-time workers using food bank rose 88 per cent

July 16 2023
Cambridge Food Bank Hunger Report shows increase in homeowners and first time users

July 15 2023
Community group to host charity BBQ to help feed children.  Cambridge Food Drive Initiative is partnering with the Food Bank for a charity BBQ to help reach their goal of 5600 lbs of food donations

July 5 2023
Cambridge Food Bank helps community thrive with free programs.  Free programs range from healthy cooking to yoga

July 3 2023
Cambridge Food Drive Initiative continues commitment to feeding youth.  The community group is seeking support and volunteers for multiple food drives this month

February 2 2023
Interest in Cambridge Food Bank’s mobile market up significantly.  Rising costs are a reason why the food bank’s Mobile Food Market has seen a 127 per cent rise in visits over the last year

January 2023
Thank you from the Cambridge Food Bank.  The need has never been higher, yet the community ensured no plate was empty last holiday season 

January 8 2023
Cambridge Food Bank launches winter programming.  The food bank is running programs to help residents with their New Year’s resolutions

December 29 2022
Our Top 10 People Stories Of ’22: #3 Wanting to give back.  CambridgeToday counts down its favourite people stories of 2022

December 12 2022
‘Unsustainable’: Food bank visits in Ontario up 42% from 2019.  Waterloo Region advocates say drastic social policy changes are needed

December 10 2022
Shining a light on Waterloo region volunteers that help community and local food banks.  
‘For me, this is about helping people if I can. I don’t know another way,’ says Paul McMenemy 

December 7 2022
Latest Hunger Report shines light on region’s growing food insecurity.  Cambridge Food Bank alone distributed over 21,000 emergency food hampers last year and saw interest in its Mobile Market grow from 60 shoppers a week to almost 600 a week

December 6 2022
This mobile market in Cambridge helps people buy fresh, affordable produce. Food market is based on a pay-what-you-can model, with a minimum of $5

November 14 2022
Talk about curb ap-peel: Cambridge food bank’s mobile market a ‘social enterprise’ for the entire community

September 1 2022
Cambridge man raises $5,700 so food bank can buy back-to-school snacks 

December 21 2020
Waterloo region charities receive $60,000 grant from Cambridge insurance company.  
The donation benefits three organizations

December 9 202
Big turk: Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank receives turkey donation during Christmas campaign

December 8 2020
Give like Santa: Local stores donate $10,000 to Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.  
Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank forecasting 1,500 people in local area will require a Christmas hamper this holiday season

June 20 2020
How the pandemic has affected the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank 

June 1 2020
‘It often takes a crisis to make collaboration possible’: Cambridge charity looks toward new normal.  $2.4 million in support available to charities

May 15 2020
‘Fight COVID-19 by feeding the community’: Cambridge food bank gardens raising funds to provide food.  rare Charitable Research Reserve dedicated to growing food for vulnerable

May 4 2020
‘As usual the Hespeler community dug deep to help out’: Bottle drive raises money for Cambridge food bank.  
Traffic was steady all weekend in legion parking lot as donations rolled in

April 29 2020
North Dumfries residents helping Cambridge food bank this Saturday.  Organizers are planning a different type of drive-thru service

April 15 2020
Cambridge food bank keeps food on the table despite COVID-19.  Community support proving vital to keeping shelves stocked

March 20 2020
Cambridge food bank gears up for increasing clientele.  Surge expected as businesses shut down

March 10 2020
City land purchase not likely to relieve Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank parking woes.  
Parking spots lacking in downtown for food drop-off and volunteers

February 20 2020
Cameron Dearlove steps down from Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.  
Former executive director departs after a year and a half

December 19 2019
‘It’s Christmas for everyone’: Cambridge shelter, food bank bring holiday spirit to those in need 

November 26 2019
‘Let’s try to make sure nobody goes hungry this year’: Cambridge and North Dumfries go all in on food bank donations.  
Food bank, firefighters and Salvation Army aim to help more than 1,200 Cambridge area families this Christmas

November 19 2019
Cambridge food bank needs help to stuff a bus this weekend.  
Donations will help feed 1,600 individuals and families this winter

November 9 2019
Greens on Queen garden ‘Bridge’s hunger gap with large Cambridge food bank donation.  Hespeler garden yields 380 pounds of fresh food for people in need 

July 24 2019
Cambridge food bank digs into mental health wellness through gardening.  
Executive director Cameron Dearlove talks about food bank’s Children’s Mental Wellness Club

July 8 2019
Cambridge churches aim to one-up each other in friendly food bank challenge.  
Annual program goes a long way to support locals in need, writes Walter Gowing

May 22 2019
Cambridge Food Bank digs in at rare Charitable Research Reserve.  Local politicians and volunteers pitch in the plant community garden

April 25 2019
Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank plants seeds for those in need with new program 

March 19 2019
Cambridge food bank spring drive issues challenge to students.  Spring campaign offers friendly classroom challenge, launches drive with skate event

March 18 2019
Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank readying for spring drive.  Walter Gowing writes about a legion donation that will help in advance of March 23 kickoff

November 13 2018
Cambridge food bank’s reach extends to North Dumfries.  Walter Gowing watches the food bank help the township at a satellite location

November 9 2018
Cambridge Food Bank gets regional grant for Indigenous garden programs.  Grant money will go plant food grown by Indigenous people prior to colonization and show food bank clients how to grow, prepare and store these foods. It will also create a space for Indigenous people to connect with the land and their heritage.

September 28 2018
Cambridge Food Bank invites candidates to sort food 

September 24 2018
Friendly competition boosts summer donations to Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.  City churches collect over 7,000 items during summer food drive, writes Walter Gowing

September 21 2018
Cambridge food bank launches fall harvest food drive

July 2 2018
Cambridge churches launch summer food drive challenge.  A little friendly competition helps boost donations to Cambridge Food Bank, writes Walter Gowing 

June 4 2018
New Cambridge food bank leader aims to continue the legacy.  New executive director Cameron Dearlove follows in footsteps of retiring leader Pat Singleton

March 21 2018
Cambridge spring food drive gets underway 

March 12, 2018
The local food bank helps feed more than 2,000 individuals and families each month. 


March 2 2018
Food bank chief retiring after 24 years

December 21 2016
City, businesses team up to provide 400 turkeys for food bank

November 8 2016
Cambridge food bank’s holiday wish list. The food bank typically provides assistance for more than 700 families during the Christmas season.

September 28 2016
Nutritional value over mass for fall food drive

September 28 2016
Baby food donation helps launch food bank’s fall drive


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