Every year, hundreds of volunteers grow vegetables for the Calgary Food Bank. Generous donations from volunteer and community gardens bring in more than 50,000 pounds annually.
When you consider that the Calgary Food Bank distributes over 5,000 hampers a month, every donation from a local garden can make an incredible impact. When we can add fresh produce to a family or individual’s hamper, we are helping to build their resiliency. It is critical to eat well when you are in crisis so when we can give fresh-from-the-garden vegetables it tells someone they matter. It shows them we want them to get out of the circumstances they are in by providing them with the best food possible.
The Chevron Retirees Garden of Eat’n and the TransAlta Power Gardens are no stranger to growing fresh-from-the-heart. For 20 years these amazing volunteers have been growing vegetables for the Calgary Food Bank, last year alone, they brought in more than 30,000 pounds of vegetables.
This season these gardens are being moved and rejuvenated so that future crops will be able to meet hamper demands in the Fall of 2019, which means we will not have that produce to add to hampers this summer. So why not try and grow-a-row this year! Big and small, these rows can add up and help our neighbours in need. Gardening, volunteering and giving back are all great activities for your heart, and your community!
How does your garden grow? Show off your gardening talents and tips by posting your pictures and videos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and be sure to tag @CalgaryFoodBank
What can you grow?