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Waterloo region food banks thankful for canned goods

A column in a national newspaper last week said people should stop donating non-perishable food items to their local food bank, but Wendi Campbell, executive director of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, says canned food donations are an important part of what they do.

Executive director of the food bank says physical and financial donations are needed.

"Sometimes canned food is an important donation," Wendi Campbell, executive director of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, said in response to a recent column that suggested people should give cash rather than food to their local food bank. (CBC)

A column in a national newspaper last week suggested people should reconsider how they give to their local food bank.

"For the love of God, stop donating canned goods to the food bank," the National Post headline read.

But Wendi Campbell, executive director of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, said food banks are very grateful for canned food donations.

"Financial donations are important, but for us, it's about a balance between all of those types of donations, that we use all of those types of donations to meet the needs of our network of 80 different programs in Waterloo region," Campbell said. "Sometimes canned food is an important donation."

Listen to Campbell's full response below: 

Food bank officials have said just $1 can be turned around by staff and volunteers and used for three meals, so financial donations are always welcome.

People interested in donating to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region can do so by dropping off food at fire halls, or at the CBC KW studio at 117 King St. W. in downtown Kitchener, or by donating online on our special Sounds of the Season page.

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