Our Holiday Wish List

Posted on Dec 06, 2013

The Calgary Food Bank is gearing up for our busiest time of year, preparing to feed thousands of hungry Calgarians throughout the month of December and over the holidays. If you are considering a donation of food, take note of our most needed holiday items. We provide these items in our emergency hampers with the goal of guaranteeing seven days of nutrition for each person. In addition to these...

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Mayor's Food Drive Kick-off 2013

Posted on Nov 29, 2013

On Friday, November 22, members of the community, media, and corporate Calgary all came out for some (fierce!) friendly competition for a good cause.The 25th annual Mayor’s Food Drive, which was kicked off at Whitehorn Safeway, had competitors collect most-needed Food Bank items and build some very elaborate snowmen (complete with props!) out of them. All of the food collected was donated to the...

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Root Vegetables

Posted on Nov 25, 2013

Here at the Food Bank, we love root vegetables! Why, you may ask? Well, for one, they’re delicious. They’re also carb-loaded and very filling. They don’t need to be refrigerated, just stored somewhere dark.  And, as a recent Canadian Press article featured in the Calgary Herald pointed out, they can be grown locally without a compromise in food quality, and enjoyed a vast number of ways. But...

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Meet Sue McLure

Posted on Nov 14, 2013

Meet Sue McLure: a Food Bank volunteer for 15 years strong, a former educator, a caring wife and mother, a former member of the Food Bank Board of Directors, an advocate for client dignity. And, on Friday, November 15th, she will be a recipient of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, an honor that recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to build a better nation. We recently...

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It's You and Me

Posted on Nov 11, 2013

More than 800,000 people across Canada are now using food banks according to the Food Banks Canada study, Hunger Count 2013. CBC Homestretch host, Doug Dirks, talks to the CEO of the Calgary Food Bank, James McAra. What was said? 

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Posted on Nov 08, 2013

What if you had to uproot your family for the promise of a better life? What if ‘the land of opportunity’ wasn’t what it seemed?  When the jobs are harder to get than you had thought? When a roof over your head is difficult to find yet alone afford? And the cost of living seems to rise every day?Joe* was inspired to make just such a move this past Spring. He came out West from the Maritimes...

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Big things are possible when we work together

Posted on Oct 29, 2013

On Saturday November 2nd, Calgary Transit buses will be parked outside Calgary CO-OP stores, not for passengers but for donations to the annual Stuff-a-bus event.  “…not everyone has enough…we have to make sure we are there to catch people when they fall; when there is an emergency, that there is community support, and the Calgary Food Bank is a good example of that.”   ...

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What’s big and round and orange and being given away for a donation to the Calgary Food Bank?

Posted on Oct 24, 2013

Why, a pumpkin of course!   Actually, lots of them, on Saturday, October 26 starting at 9 am until supplies last. Bring your non-perishable food or cash donation to:  Sobeys in Mackenzie Towne; Sobeys in Cranston; CO-OP in Panorama; or Tuscany Club.  A great way to get in the Halloween spirit and donate to a great cause! 

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Toques for Tots

Posted on Oct 16, 2013

The staff at the Calgary Food Bank, especially those who are follically challenged, couldn’t keep their eyes off a recent donation of hand-knitted toques.  You might say it’s because the air is crisp and we know winter is just around the corner.  Most likely, though, it’s because the toques are beautifully crafted and exude warmth and charm.  They were created by Toni Cavar, an...

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Thankful Thanksgiving

Posted on Oct 11, 2013

Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. Soon, the table will be set with plates and cutlery, with a plump, juicy turkey in the centre ready to be carved. The bird will be surrounded by bowls of fresh green vegetables, fresh cranberry jelly and a steaming bowl of mashed potatoes with a side of gravy. Gathering as a family for Thanksgiving is a common tradition for families in the city. Perhaps this...

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