History & Hunger

The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank first opened its doors in 1985 in response to a severe economic recession.  At the time, the only available help for Cambridge residents was church based programs and soup kitchens.

The organization was founded by members of social services, community, religious organizations, a lawyer and several community members.  This group of people wanted to change the way people living below the poverty line were viewed, and allow them to access food when needed.

The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank serves the City of Cambridge and Township of North Dumfries, which together have a population of approximately 145,000. Over 2,000 individuals and families are helped each month, and we distribute food to 26 community organizations.

The Food Bank employs twelve full-time and ten part-time staff; however volunteers are the key of our success. Our volunteers consist of adults, students, community assigned workers, co-op students and individuals on work placements. Over 2500 volunteers contribute hours to our organization every year.

This Food Bank believes that a person’s dignity and self-respect are paramount and, that everyone has something valuable to contribute. We work to overcome the stigma of utilizing a food bank. Our goal is to have everyone walking out feeling better than when they came in.

Our mission is to offer additional food products and assistance to residents in need. We work to foster self-reliance by offering educational opportunities, job training and one-on-one emotional support.

We are dedicated to feeding the hungry!