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A Taste Of Our Collaborations
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.
Recovery Acres Calgary Society offers addiction treatment, including residential treatment, residential recovery, and outpatient programs. They are a community partner that receives food from us for meals they prepare and serve to their clients. Our Research and Client Services team recently visited and enjoyed a delicious lunch. They discovered that a brand-new barbecue had recently been donated and their Chef, Alice, hoped to serve clients a classic western BBQ super on their new grill. Soon our resourceful team had ribs and roast beef and two pallets of assorted food to Recovery Acres. Alice gushed, “our clients are so happy to see all the meats you gave us. I cooked a big roast for dinner and used cooked meat for sandwiches. Thanks for all you do.”
*The Family Resource Network provides a range of free programs for families with children under the age of 18 living in west Calgary. They are committed to supporting and connecting families to community resources and programs.
Over the last year, we’ve teamed up with Mosaic Primary Care Network on several projects. One of their primary care dieticians, Mikala Wilson, joins the food bank team weekly to analyze hampers and share her understanding of client needs and a healthy diet. She has also supported us through various communications channels, including penning a guest blog. Now we will team up with another community partner, The Children’s Cottage, to craft cooking demonstration videos. Together with their Family Resource Network* kitchen, Mikala’s nutritional knowledge, and using the contents of an Emergency Food Hamper, these videos will help educate clients of the food bank, Children’s Cottage, and Mosaic Primary Care Network patients. Stay tuned for these videos later this summer!
Another partner, Carya, is hosting its Village Commons Grand Opening with a community breakfast in July. After cautious operations through the pandemic, they are delighted to celebrate safely finally! Our Food Grants service will provide most of the food so their families, friends, and supporters can enjoy the event in style. Carya is working to create strong families and communities, and we support that work by providing the food so they can focus on Calgarians seeking support with mental, physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing.
We are proud to work with a wide variety of partners; we provide the food so they can work on their missions to ultimately build a stronger community for all.