What We Do
The Airdrie Food Bank’s mandate is to provide short term emergency food support to adults, children and families in need in Airdrie and surrounding communities. We collect food and funds from the community and distribute food as needed through our many programs. We use volunteers and staff to meet our mandate of being “Neighbours helping Neighbours.”
Founded in 1984 by volunteers and local churches, the Airdrie Food Bank has grown with the community and in 2014 celebrated the opening of their new 6,000 sqft purpose-built facility. Offering expanded services as well as a new Community Kitchen, the Airdrie Food Bank provides support to those who live in Airdrie and surrounding area through the dedication of staff and volunteers.
Mission: To collect and distribute food to those in need and help our community find solutions to hunger related issues.
Vision: A community where no one is hungry.
- The Airdrie Food Bank is available for everyone in need;
- We treat people with dignity and respect and are non-judgmental;
- We value and support our community;
- We value people’s talents and abilities;
- We are recognized as community leaders and good stewards;
- We value neighbours helping neighbours.
Impact – In 2016 we were able to:
- Provide 2,572 hampers to families in need (up 42% from 2015);
- Serve 7,067 walk in visits for bread and extras program (up 30%);
- Feed 2,185 breakfasts to school children;
- Deliver 1,172 lunches to children in schools (Sept. – Dec.);
- Give 20,044 snack items to 26 local schools;
- Supply $4,600 in gift cards for perishables to local schools.
Fort McMurray Assistance: Between May 1 and June 20 we provided 69 food hampers to a total of 237 people displaced because of the Fort McMurray fires. In addition, we gave out hygiene packs, kitchen supplies, baby items, toys and games.