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Distributing emergency food hampers throughout the city, in communities.
The City of Calgary, Government of Alberta, and Statistics Canada indicate that Calgary’s population continues to increase between 2 and 3 percent annually. Unfortunately, this growth also results in increased use of the food bank. Expanding the operations of the Calgary Food Bank’s satellite locations is an important part of meeting the demand and needs of clients needing an Emergency Food Hamper.
A robust process for assessing, onboarding, and managing potential Satellite Locations has been developed to ensure the network of locations meet the needs of as many clients in need as possible and in the most sustainable way. These locations are situated within different community spaces, such as churches, recreation centres, and resource centres. We are strategic in where satellite locations are set up and look at several factors, such as: rates of food insecurity in the area, accessibility of the building, proximity to transit and other social services, as well as day and time for delivery and distribution.
Food access that is run by the community, for the community, creates a sense of connectedness and reduces the stigma that comes along with accessing emergency food support. It is through the kind hearts of community members that the Calgary Food Bank can expand our reach for hamper distribution through Satellite Locations.