Calgary Inter-faith Food Bank Society
Our Story Why We Exist
I’m Paul and I never thought I would be in need of food for my family and not have any money to get it. I pay the bills or buy food: but I can’t do both. I recently went from having a good job, to not having a job at all. Thanks to the wonderful people at the Food Bank, things are turning around slowly! My kids and I want to say thank you. The patience, empathy, understanding, and kindness of everyone there made this difficult time at lot easier. My children and I will not forget! We will be coming back soon, this time to give back as volunteers.
Our Impact What We Do
The Calgary Food Bank was formed over 30 years ago as a way to help Calgarians dealing with hunger. It has its roots in the community and continues that tradition to this day. The Food Bank’s aim is to work with the community to gather and distribute quality emergency food for those who need it and to help the community understand what leads to food insecurity.
Our Vision is to work together to create a hunger-free community.
Our Mission is that together we fight hunger and its root causes because no one should go hungry.
Fast Facts (Fiscal year Sep '15 to Aug '16)
- 170,093 lives were affected
- 4 in 10 are children
- 1 in 3 are laid off or looking for work
- 1 in 3 are on fixed government benefits
- All people are treated with compassion, dignity and understanding.
- Our clients deserve the most nutritious food we are able to provide.
- The best way to address food insecurity is in collaboration with others.
- Volunteerism is our strength and primary resource.
- We are accountable to our community for the programs and services we deliver.
- We are responsible and transparent stewards of the resources entrusted to us by our community.
- We encourage leadership at all levels.
- Safety in our operations is paramount
Our Programs How We Do It
The Calgary Food Bank is 100% supported through support of the community: food donations, monetary donations, and volunteer hours. What the Calgary Food Bank does do is provide the framework for the distribution of over 16 million pounds of food per year, accessed through a number of programs:
- Emergency Food Hampers
- Specialty Hampers
- Hampers for the Homeless
- Food Link
- Milk Program
- Regional Food Distribution
- Redirection of Food
Last year, more than 170,000 families and individuals from ALL neighbourhoods and ALL quadrants of our city used the Food Bank plus 3 million meals and snacks were provided to more than 220 non-profit organizations and their programs.
Our Requests What You Can Do
1.Consider giving your time and volunteer!
Our volunteers are the heart of the Food Bank. We could not do what we do without the 100+ caring Calgarians that come in to the warehouse every week.
Anyone can volunteer: Individuals, families and groups (such as church groups, youth, corporate teams, sports clubs, retirement clubs) are all welcome!
Please note that there are some age restrictions for children who must be at least 12 years old to volunteer in the warehouse and require accompanying adult supervision up to age 15. Minimum age for volunteering at special events is 8 years old with an adult.
Volunteers perform a variety of tasks such as:
- Sorting incoming food donations
- Receiving and recording donations
- Assembling emergency food hampers
- General light warehouse duties
- Welcoming families and individuals who have come to the Food Bank
- Handing out emergency food hampers
- Administrative duties
- Assembling Birthday Bags for children
- Organizing and operating the Baby Room
- Answering the Hamper Request Line
- Driving throughout the community collecting donations
Accepting donations at various special events across the city
Special events are another fun way to volunteer for the Food Bank outside of the warehouse and main building, possibly even in your own community! The positions are flexible enough to fit in with the rest of the activities in your life and allow for younger family members and groups to participate. Opportunities range from collecting food and funds at events such as the CP Holiday Train, Christmas campaigns and Put The Boots to Hunger at the Calgary Stampede! There are many, many more events as well. Phone Volunteer Resources at 403.253.2059, extension #2
2. Donate Food
Check our Wish List of most needed non-perishable to consider donating and drop your donation in a Food Bank bin at any of the following Calgary stores:
- Josh's No Frills
- The Bownesian Grocer
- MRT Family Foods
- Community Natural Foods
- several Kal-Tire locations
3. Donate Money
For every dollar donated to the Calgary Food Bank, we can in turn distribute $5 worth of food.
Individuals can call Christina at 403-319-0833 to make a donation and corporate or community donors may contact Keoma at 403-319-0840 to make a financial contribution.