Family Sorting: The Food Bank of Waterloo

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Family Sorting: The Food Bank of Waterloo

Folks in Waterloo Ontario often look for indoor activities during the winter months that are fun, free and perfect for any age. Family sorting nights at the Food Bank of Waterloo Region offer all of that, plus the added bonus of benefitting a worthwhile cause.

What is a Family Sorting Night?

Family sorting night is an opportunity to volunteer at the Food Bank as a family, and work together sorting out food for distribution throughout the community. Families volunteer for a two hour shift at the Food Bank at 50 Alpine Court in Kitchener. Everyone in your family is welcome to participate, provided the kids are six years old or older. The Food Bank warehouse is typically only open to those 14 and older, but Family Sorting Night is an exception. Children six and up are allowed to participate on these nights, as it fosters awareness,  provides the chance for kids to serve the community, and allows entire  families to volunteer together.

Where do the deliveries go?

Forty-six percent of households receiving food support are families with children.  Each year The Food Bank acquires and distributes more than 3 million pounds of food.  This food is essential to the more than 80 community programs providing emergency food hampers, hot meals and shelter to the children and seniors, individuals and families struggling with difficult life circumstances. This is only possible because of strong community partnerships with individual and corporate donors, demonstrating that our community is at its best working together.

Can you simply show up to sort food?

No. To insure that the Food Bank has enough staff and volunteers on hand, families are asked to register ahead of time for a shift. The shifts are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early to reserve your spot.

What should you bring?

Donations (if possible) of non perishable food items. The Food Bank is most in need of peanut butter, canned fruit cold cereal and pasta & sauce.Wear closed toe shoes and work gloves (if you have them).

What will you be doing?

Sorting food into boxes, making and breaking down boxes, lifting and emptying boxes.

How do you sign up? Contact Darren Kropf , volunteer coordinator for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region at or 519-743-5576 ext. 223.

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