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Food Link

Thanks to generous contributions from food industry, the food bank is able to distribute bulk food to qualified organizations through Food Link. This program was created specifically to provide food and snacks to Calgarians through agencies programming, such as Woods Homes, Hull Family Services, Calgary Dream Centre or the Drop In Centre; or where their stay is temporary such as the YMCA’s after school programs.

For organizations to pick up food and snacks from Food Link for their programs, agencies need approval. They are also required to sign an agreement which includes a reporting-back element to demonstrate how Food Link contributes to helping Calgarians in these programs.

The food bank also reaches out to agencies not yet benefiting from this service.

Food Link Agencies List


Food Link allows agencies to focus their resources on programming rather than resourcing food.

Food Link was created in response to requests from the food industry:

  • They were interested in donating quality food to local agencies and organizations, but wasn’t sure how to contact them
  • They wanted to avoid having their loading docks tied up by multiple vehicles representing multiple organizations
  • They believed, and rightly so, that the usual way of doing things was inefficient and costly

By uniting the food industry and our agencies had major benefits:

  • There is now a single point of contact for all involved
  • There is a wider geographic distribution of donated food
  • Reduced overall costs
  • Decreased impact on landfill
  • Improved employee morale

2015 Food Link Facts


Meals and snacks provided through Food Link


Programs and community organizations used Food Link

Food Link users: Community Kitchen, Drop-In Centre, Inn from the Cold, Women’s Emergency Shelter, Mustard Seed, Dream Centre, Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, and YMCA and many more…