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Annual Report
BOARD CHAIR Message

AMY LEONG

Amy Leong

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.
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PRESIDENT AND CEO message

JAMES MCARA

James McAra

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

A snapshot of the impact our programs made in the last year. Download the annual report to find out how we worked with our partners and how we continued to feed Calgarians during a pandemic.

Emergency Food Hampers

88,177 Emergency Food Hampers were distributed resulting in 4.1 million meals with a value of $30.9 million.

Hampers for the Homeless

29,281 Hampers for the Homeless were distributed by 12 partner organizations with a value of $1.1 million.

Weekends and More

4,018 Weekends and More hampers were distributed by 12 schools providing 28,126 meals to kids.

Welcome Home

22 qualified agencies distributed 337 Welcome Home hampers to their clients moving into stable housing.

Food Share

1.8 million pounds of food was shared with 31 food banks across Canada, valued at $4.7 million, through our Food Share Program.

Food Rescue

77 % our donations come from our 398 food industry partners. We rescued 11 million pounds of quality food with a value of $28.8 million.

Food Link

865,410 pounds of food was distributed through the Food Link Program to 41 partner organizations, with a value of $2.3 million.

The Gift of time

Volunteers gave 96,495 hours to help feed YYC. Every day, 153 people volunteer 373 hours in 28 roles
Fiscal year September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021

Financial Snapshot

Funds Donated

$19.9 Million

  • Personal (47%) 47% 47%
  • Corporations (22%) 22% 22%
  • Foundations (21%) 21% 21%
  • Communities (10%) 10% 10%

VALUE OF FOOD Donated

$34.7 Million

  • Gleaning (67%) 67% 67%
  • Community Donation Bins (13%) 13% 13%
  • Food Drives (10%) 10% 10%
  • Other (6%) 6% 6%
  • Farms (4%) 4% 4%

PROGRAM INVESTMENT

$44.4 Million

  • 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%

Emergency Food Hamper Program

The Emergency Food Hamper Program has seen a staggering 30% increase in demand for food support this year. What we typically see in a year, such as the end of seasonal jobs or increased living costs in the winter, is now coupled with continued restrictions and precarious employment. Financial supports like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and Employment Insurance have waned, and we continued to see individuals laid off due to the pandemic and still have not found work. The majority (62%) of clients received three or less hampers this year. Notably, only 5% of clients received more than 12 hampers in the 12-month period, indicating that most demand continues to come from a population that requires immediate and temporary assistance versus long-term food support.

  • Families (57%) 57% 57%
  • Individuals (43%) 43% 43%
  • Children (37%) 37% 37%
  • Single Parents (14%) 14% 14%
  • Working (22%) 22% 22%

hampers distributed a day

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increase from last year

calls answered for support

emergency food hampers distributed

Every Contribution Of Time Makes An Impact

Volunteers at the Calgary Food Bank
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: COLLEEN LARSON

Colleen is a bubbly, outgoing, and enthusiastic mom of three who works in the distribution area efficiently packing grocery carts with healthy food. She says there is a stark difference in the volunteer experience now compared to pre-pandemic times. “Before the pandemic, I’d come home dog-tired after a very busy three-hour shift. We helped bag food for clients, and get it out to their cars, there were often hugs, stories shared, and we even got to hold babies. Now, we simply work one day a week for two and a half hours loading carts for distribution. Not being able to interact a the clients is tough but the highlight is seeing and working with my fellow volunteers,” Colleen said, affectionately referring to her group as “The A Team”. One of Colleen’s most poignant memories as a volunteer was meeting an elderly couple who needed food support. “I can still picture them – an impeccably dressed lovely couple, they could have been my Mom and Dad,” Colleen explained. It struck her that even though we may not know people’s circumstances, that’s okay. It matters that anyone in a crisis knows they can come here for help.

different volunteer roles

Volunteer Hours

Volunteer Groups a year

%

of our workforce are volunteers

Community

964 events raised $3.5 Million and 1.5 Million pounds of food.

Food industry organizations

individuals

organizations

COMMUNITY EVENTS

FOUNDATIONS

Previous Annual Reports

2019-20 Annual Report
Calgary Food Bank Annual Report 2020
2018-19 Annual Report
Calgary Food Bank Annual Report 2019
2017-18 Annual Report
Calgary Food Bank Annual Report 2017-18
2016-17 Annual Report
Calgary Food Bank Annual Report 2016-17
2015-16 Annual Report
Calgary Food Bank Annual Report 2015-16

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In the spirit of reconciliation, the Calgary Food Bank acknowledges that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

Calgary Food Bank
MAIN LOCATION (WAREHOUSE)

5000 11 Street SE
Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5

FOOD LINK

By appointment only
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Donation Centre, Door 7

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

TRANSLATE
NEED FOOD?
CALL TO REQUEST A HAMPER
403-253-2055

Monday to Thursday: 8:15 am – 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:15 am – 4:00 pm

HAMPER PICK-UP
CALGARY FOOD BANK LOCATION

By appointment only

Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am – 10:30 am, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm,
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday:
8:00 am – 10:30 am, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm,
2:00 pm– 4:00 pm

Saturday:
9:00 am – 11:30 am, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Get the hours for our satellite locations.

Administration
ANNEX HOURS

Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

ANNEX LOCATION

5020 12A Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 5K9

CONTACT

Main line: 403-253-2059
Fax: 403-259-4240
info@calgaryfoodbank.com

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