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Fast Facts 2015

1 in 9 Calgarians came to us for help

That’s

141271

People

41%

of our clients are children

5% More than the national average 36%.

21%

are single-parent households

1 in 5 parents skip meals so their children can eat.

37%

only visited once in their lifetime

And 74% visited 3 times or less.

210

Emergency hampers given out per day

150

Agencies and programs received food

44

Food banks across Canada received food during emergencies

131

Volunteers donate their time every day

3000000+
MEALS PROVIDED

Food insecure Calgarians give up meals to pay for:

Childcare

Rent

Utilities

Phone

Transportation

Medical Needs

Education

Vehicle Repairs

DID YOU KNOW: 

$1 = $5

Every dollar donated allows us to distribute $5 worth of food. It costs us about $60 to feed a family of four for a week.

Volunteers are our lifeblood

35,410 volunteers donated 105,951 hours of their time

The Calgary Food Bank welcomes over 130 volunteers per day

Every day, the volunteer to staff ratio is 3:1

Every day we recieve
250+
phone calls on our Hamper Request Line.

During calls, we assess needs, book emergency food hampers and refer clients to agencies and resources

Who comes to the food bank?

  • Families
  • Individuals

A Living Wage

A Living Wage reflects what two working parents in a family of four must bring home, based on the actual costs of living in a specific community.

Calgary’s Living Wage Action Team determined an individual working full time (35 hours per week, 52 weeks a year) needs a minimum of $18.15/hour without benefits to earn a living wage.

Calgary had one of the lowest minimum wages in Canada at $10.20 before the increase on Oct. 1, 2015, pushing it to $11.20.

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1 in 8 Canadian households struggle
 to feed their families.

Numbers reflect the Calgary Food Bank’s fiscal year of Sept. 1, 2014 to Aug. 31, 2015.