An Eye to the Future

On a beautiful fall day, staff, volunteers, friends and supporters gathered in the our newly donated anniversary garden to place a
time capsule that marked the end to our 30th year of operations.

The event’s programme included comments from Alderman Dale Hodges as Deputy Mayor; one of the original staff members, the Reverend Carl Deline; Rabbi Shaul Osadchey from the Inter-Faith Society; and author Julie Van Rosendaal. All spoke passionately about the power of food, and how the act of sharing comes right from the heart, demonstrated daily in our kitchens, weekly with our food drives, and this past summer in flood ravaged communities. This was exemplified by the day’s favorite quote from Julie Van Rosendaal, “There were more cookies than mud in Bowness.”  

 “I am so glad to have been part of the change 30 years ago. Even in the early 1980s, our call–to-care was great. When people’s lives were broken we were there for them.”

Reverend Carl Deline


The time capsule was stuffed with items that reflected the past 30 years. Included were:

  • sample items from an emergency hamper in 2013
  • scrapbooks housing photos, testimonial, facts and figures
  • a unique assortment of promotional items including toques, logos and stickers distributed over the years

In the garden, the custom made pergola suspends a roof with 30 stars, for 30 years and a large ‘eye’ that focuses on the compass below. This is not only the marker for the time capsule but a beacon for those that may have lost their way; they have found the
place for help at the Calgary Food Bank

Special thanks go to those involved in constructing and creating the anniversary garden:

  • Berass Welding – Time Capsule and opener            
  • ULS Landscaping – Serenity Garden
  • Conservative Metal Fabrication - Pergola
  • Tayo Construction LTD - Concrete     

An extra shout goes out to Canada Safeway and the Tailgate Grill for feeding the Food Bank ‘family’.