Food Banks Canada provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network in Canada.
Food Banks Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadians living with food insecurity. We support a network of Provincial Associations, affiliate food banks, and food agencies that work at the community level to relieve hunger. Our work is focused on maximizing collective impact, strengthening local capacity, and reducing the need for food banks.
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Food banks across Canada do critical work to feed their neighbours in need every day. Many also connect people with the tools, resources, and education needed to address the root causes of food insecurity.
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is a prime example of a food bank that delivers a robust breadth of services. One of its most notable programs is a tax centre for those in need. For over twenty years, this food bank has helped low-income earners gain access to income tax services that would otherwise be out of reach.
Through its income tax centre, the food bank helps release funds to people who may not have known they were eligible to receive them. Benefits and eligibilities such as the Canada Child Benefit, Saskatchewan Low Income Tax Credit, and provincial social services are discovered through the use of the income tax centre. Many clients weren’t accessing these funds, and didn’t realize they were eligible. By increasing access to income tax services, the food bank provides a long-term solution to make a bigger impact in the lives of its clients.
Last year, the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program made an exceptional impact. The program helped over 7,000 people file over 4,800 tax returns, putting $19.2 million back into hands of low-income individuals in Saskatoon, and into the local economy! The program operates thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of over 50 volunteers who care about making a difference in their community.
Food Banks Canada provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network in Canada. We do this by maximizing the collective impact of the network, strengthening the local capacity of food banks, and advocating to reduce the need for food banks.