BOARD CHAIR Message
This past year has been a historic one with the continued global pandemic and the ongoing struggle faced by every citizen of the world. Here at home, the Calgary Food Bank did not experience any setbacks but instead rose to the challenge.
PRESIDENT AND CEO message
Thanks to Calgarians, Albertans and Canadians, our journey through the pandemic is a journey together. We are able to meet the ever-changing needs for food security. We are not in this alone — we are in this together. Read more.
Year in review
Emergency Food Hampers
Hampers for the Homeless
Weekends and More
The Gift of time
Food rescue and food share
Discovering, recovering and redirecting food, eliminating waste and getting the food to where it needs to be.
Potatoes are a staple in our hampers. We wouldn’t be able to provide our clients with scrumptious spuds without the donations from local farmers. Last year Thomas Fresh, Bassano Growers, and Kampers Farm Fresh collectively donated almost 785,000 pounds of potatoes.
More than potatoes! From tomatoes, to apples, to carrots, and so much more, 36 farmers donated nearly 225,000 pounds of other vegetables.
The Creston Valley Gleaners Society runs a small but critical food bank in the quaint BC town. Bobbi-Jo Faye is Gleaner’s Food Services Coordinator, and she requests food support every few months to supplement their hampers and other food and nutrition programs. “It’s like Christmas when the Calgary Food Bank truck arrives. We never know exactly what we’ll get, but it’s always amazing. You supply stuff we don’t normally receive, and we are able to direct the food to people we might not normally be able to support. Ethnic foods, ‘fun foods’ such as taco kits and chunky soups find their way into hungry tummies in the Creston Valley area thanks to you,” says Bobbi-Jo.
Gary Tether is Board Co-Chair of the Iyahrhe Nakoda Food Bank Society that serves the Stoney Nakoda Nation west of Calgary. He says their demand for food support is very high, and the Food Share Program is
a significant contributor of food. Gary says, “We are happy to take everything we are sent, from canned vegetables, fruit, meat, pasta, to peanut butter. I don’t think we’d be able to operate without this as it
would be impossible to fill the need out here without your help.”
Every contribution of food, funds, and time makes an impact to help people in crisis.
How we illustrate the impact community makes toward relieving hunger today can be best described as the ripple effect of tossing a pebble in a pond. Even the smallest pebble creates lasting ripples. Each circle that ripples out from the stone’s drop to the farthest circle is just how far-reaching the effect is. The impact of giving acts the same way – every gesture, every dollar, every food item donated – ripples out into the community, making a profound and lasting impact.
964 events raised $3.5 Million and 1.5 Million pounds of food.
We are community owned and community supported, meaning that all of our donations come directly from generous individuals, groups, and businesses. The Community Engagement team fosters and supports the Calgary community with opportunities to make an impact in varied and many ways.
Food industry organizations
What’s new at the Food Bank
We are growing to better serve Calgarians!
Feeding people is our priority, and to ensure we are doing our best to serve clients and the community, we are always looking to improve. Part of our evaluations included the stark truth that demand for emergency food support has never been higher, nor is it forecasted to stop. We have been limited in our capacity for all processes and have known for some time that to continue to meet the historically high and ever-growing demand, we would have to expand.
To begin, we acquired additional space at 5020 12A Street SE, where some staff and administrative functions relocated. Renovations at the main food bank building at 5000 11 Street SE commenced in the summer of 2021 while remaining the hub for clients, program partners, volunteers, and food donors.
With our strong dedication to the community and helping our fellow Calgarians, clients continue to receive nutritious food for every family member — the core pillar of our organization.
Fiscal year September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021
- Personal (47%) 47% 47%
- Corporations (22%) 22% 22%
- Foundations (21%) 21% 21%
- Communities (10%) 10% 10%
VALUE OF FOOD Donated
- Gleaning (67%) 67% 67%
- Community Donation Bins (13%) 13% 13%
- Food Drives (10%) 10% 10%
- Other (6%) 6% 6%
- Farms (4%) 4% 4%
- Emergency Food Hampers $35.2M (79.27%) 79.27% 79.27%
- Food Link $3.6M (8.10%) 8.10% 8.10%
- Food Share $3.5M (7.93%) 7.93% 7.93%
- Hampers for the Homeless $1.2M (2.70%) 2.70% 2.70%
- Weekends and More $426,464 (.96%) .96% .96%
- Purchasing Power $232,875 (.52%) .52% .52%
- Welcome Home $227,374 (.51%) .51% .51%
The impact of your donations
Previous Annual Reports
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At the same time, when we are relieving hunger for hundreds today, we are moving towards the future. We continue to use our data to inform and navigate our decisions. We take in feedback, learnings, and new information. We engage our stakeholders and collaborate with like-minded organizations to combat poverty, advocate for policy change, and address root causes. It takes time to make meaningful and systemic impacts as we continue to supply real-time data and testimony on the effects of food insecurity to those change-makers.
You can’t get anywhere if you don’t have a plan so we continue to refine the strategic roadmap to provide direction to our teams and community alike. As we look to the future and embark on our 40th year of food bank operations, we will continue to vision a hunger-free community while listening to and collaborating with leaders in hope that we do not have to see another 40th anniversary.
Despite the current confluence of events, we still took time to plan our future. We are taking action in partnerships with key organizations, strengthening and using our voice with greater conviction and advocating for change supported by real-world experience and data, always focused on root causes and food security. Change does not happen overnight, but the combination of an economic crisis and a global pandemic has brought greater awareness to the need for domestic food security and recognition for those who work tirelessly to ensure it for others.
Food banks are no longer absent from disaster management and planning, and we are at the table to ensure basic needs are not forgotten. The future is uncertain and often scary, but there is so much opportunity and that is invigorating. Regardless of the challenges that come with uncertainty, we will embrace the opportunity to address those core issues that have held us back. Thanks to an amazing community, we can help others without delay. Our commitment is to continue to build on what works and let go of the antiquated. We will also remember to value ideas and actions that got us to where we are today, always remembering that our goal is to live in a community that does not need a food bank.
Thanks to Calgarians, Albertans and Canadians, our journey through the pandemic is a journey together. We are able to meet the ever-changing needs for food security. We are not in this alone — we are in this together.