25 Years of Changing Lives Gallery

The OAFB is marking the 25th anniversary of its founding this year. Over the past 25 years, food banks have made incredible strides to become centers of innovative hunger-relief programming and advocacy while remaining true to their core mission of providing emergency food support.

For our anniversary, clients, volunteers and staff in our food bank network shared with us how food banks have impacted their lives, and we are proud to share these stories with you. We will be revealing a story a day throughout Hunger Action Month, so please watch this space or follow along on social media.

Anonymous’s Story

I wouldn’t wish my last three years on any mother. When my children were only six months old and two...

Lina’s Story

When you walk into Artline Salon, you can see immediately that it is a successful business run by a young...

Meghan’s Story

When Meghan applied for a job at The Mississauga Food Bank in 2009, she had been living in Mississauga for...

Richard’s Story

Fire Chief Richard Hepditch remembers growing up with food insecurity. “I remember friendly strangers, bringing large cardboard boxes overflowing with...

The Minden Flood

The Minden Flood

Due to the Gull River overflowing, the Reeve, Brent Devolin, declared Minden in a State of Emergency on May 6,...

Abi & Toyo’s Story

Abi, a mother of four and a social worker at a local women’s shelter, knows about tough decisions. Years ago,...

Tanya’s Story

Tanya’s Story

Tanya has been a client of the food bank for over 10 years as she struggled on her own to...

Brenda’s Story

My journey into the life of a food banker began in 1988 when I was approached by a friend to...

Holly’s Story

My name is Holly, and for most of my adult life I have been transient. I also suffer with mental...

Ron’s Story

In 2010, Ron came to the Barrie Food Bank in need of food. He had struggled in his life with...

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