COMFORT FOOD | Newsletter
I recently had the pleasure of doing a ride-along to see, hear and experience all Joel does on a typical Monday route. We visited 12 grocery stores and collected over 4000 pounds of food. From single cans of soup and veggies to cases of frozen meat and yoghurt to racks of bread and buns; we had quite the haul! And that was just one truck, in one day. We have nine drivers that work tirelessly rescuing viable food as well as gathering thousands of pounds of donations from generous shoppers getting their own groceries and when doing so, think of others.
On our second to last stop, we met the infamous Carol, a cashier at the Safeway on 130th Avenue. Having a close relative who needed to access the food bank at one time, she knows first-hand how important it is to give back. She makes it her personal mission to ask all customers she meets to consider donating, and many joyfully take her up on the offer. Seeing friendly folks like Carol is a great part of the day for Joel and almost six hours later, when we roll back to the warehouse, Joel says that knowing he is helping to feed people who, for whatever reason need some support, is 100% the best part of his job.
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Holiday season is just around the corner!
Give the gift of time.
Gather your family and friends and give even a few hours a month to help feed hungry Calgarians this holiday season and into the New Year.
For the children in your life, make reading fun and purchase a copy of the delightful children’s book, “Emma and Food Bank”.
For the person who has everything, send a gift of hope.
Donate in honour of your friends, families and coworkers. Make your gift online and select your favourite holiday card to be sent to a loved one. Prefer a card sent in the mail? Call us at 403-253-2059 to make your donation over the phone.
Partners In Action
Mosiac Primary Care Network
Some of the work she has done has been to create a comprehensive content guide for Celiac hampers to protect clients that may have Celiac Disease. For our renal hampers, Mikala made guidelines and recommendations to limit salt intake. We are so excited that Mikala will continue to assist in the analysis of our hampers for the foreseeable future. Mikala says, “I want to ensure all our hampers contain as much nutritious food as possible, so the vulnerable in our city receive the greatest health benefits, and my dream is to create diabetic/heart health hampers.” While it will take time for all of this to become a reality, her vision of a healthier community continues to inspire us as we work collectively with others to continue to provide food support to those who need it.
“I want to ensure all our hampers contain as much nutritious food as possible, so the vulnerable in our city receive the greatest health benefits, and my dream is to create diabetic/heart health hampers.” – Mikala
Best before vs expiry dates
Do you know the difference between a Best Before date and an expiration date? They are separate labels with different requirements and purpose. Understanding the difference provides insight into why we distribute food near or past it’s Best Before date and why this is safe and how it can contribute to a hunger-free community.
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We say “only TOGETHER” can we fight hunger and root causes. This happens every single day here at the Calgary Food Bank and in countless ways. This month’s Bite of Information, we want to share some of the great collaborations happening with our community partners.