Over the years the Food Bank has grown from a small charity in a church basement with four volunteers, to a million dollar organization in a 60,000 square foot building, with more than 4,000 volunteers.
Calgary's economy has been closely tied to the oil & gas industry since the mid-1940s. When oil prices dropped during the economic slump of the early 1980s, the industry all but collapsed and Calgary’s unemployment rate soared.
1982 - A group of volunteers and the Calgary Inter-Faith Community Action Association created the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank to help the thousands of Calgarians who were in difficult and unforeseen financial straits.
1983 –The Calgary Food Bank moved several times to accommodate the growing need. Originally located at the First Lutheran Church on Fairmount Drive we soon moved to Baker House on 4th Avenue at Macleod Trail SE, where we had much needed access to a refrigeration unit. From there, we moved once again to a larger space in the basement of the Ross Kerr Building at Kensington and 10th Street NW. During this time, we were delivering up to 40 hampers a day through the depots, and supplying partner agencies and programs with bulk food.
1984 – The Calgary Food Bank again outgrew its accommodations, and so we moved once more. This time we landed in an old supermarket in downtown Calgary where Safeway generously agreed to pay the rent and utilities.
1986 – The downtown location required essential repairs, so the Calgary Food Bank had to move once again! Our new digs were at 6408 1A Street SW.
1989 – The Calgary Food Bank applied for incorporation under the Societies Act as the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank.
1993 – The Calgary Food Bank moved to 7475 Flint Road SE.
2002 - We found our permanent home at 5000 11 Street SE!