How We Do It
Emergency Hamper Program
This program is at the core of our mission and what we do every day. We provide more than a week’s worth of nutritious food to families and individuals who are struggling. Another critical part of the program is to help clients build connections and address the root causes of their food insecurity by giving them referrals to other community services.
Welcome Home Program
Working in collaboration with the Community Kitchen Program of Calgary, Welcome Home hampers are distributed with essential items to establish a new household. They provide pantry staples, cleaning supplies, and hygiene items to individuals and families transitioning into housing after experiencing homelessness. By working with agencies who are addressing the needs of those transitioning into secure housing, they are able to ensure there is access to support and address situations that may create food insecurity.
Hampers for the Homeless Program
Food is a catalyst to supporting anyone in need, and this hamper program gives the qualified agencies who serve the homeless population a starting point for conversation with those in crisis. Hampers provide short-term relief of hunger with easy to open, ready to eat, shelf stable food for one to two days. A bulk food option is also available for agencies wanting to customize content for their clients.
Weekends and More Program
When hundreds of students were identified as chronically hungry, we partnered with the Calgary Board of Education to create the Weekends and More Program. By providing hampers to participating schools, teachers and staff can support students who are struggling with access to nutritious food on weekends. The hampers contain two days’ worth of easy to prepare meals.
Food Link provides quality bulk food and supplies to charitable organizations in Calgary and area so they can focus their resources on program development and delivery. Food is a great connector and many of these organizations connect with clients over meals and snacks. We work closely with organizations that address the root causes of food insecurity.
Food rescue is the process of gleaning viable food so that it is not going to waste. Instead it’s redirected to support local communities. We directly collect from food industry and redirect food locally, provincially and even nationally. We are considered a critical food distribution hub and closely work with food industry to ensure food is delivered where it is needed most.