The Food Bank Warehouse
It may not sound exciting, but the Calgary Food Bank bought some cool new stuff pretty recently that will help us to keep doing what we do.
Forklifts move 16 million pounds of food to where it needs to go every year. With this mechanical addition to manpower, the food ends up where it is needed most: in the hands of Food Bank clients. New batteries for our forklifts mean that we aren’t doing an impossible job by hand.
The freezer, perhaps the largest of its kind in Western Canada, holds thousands of pounds of frozen protein and other goods. If the freezer were to fail it would mean six weeks until a repair: six weeks with frozen vegetables and meat going to waste instead of going to homes where they are needed. The Food Bank freezer now has a new condenser unit to make sure that doesn’t happen.
The Food Bank was able to make these upgrades, as well as resealing the windows with a $25,000 grant from the Alberta Government’s Community Spirit Program. These kinds of contributions make a difference in redirecting Food Bank dollars to our programs. Thank you!