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Fund Contribution Sources

PLEASE REFER TO OUR ANNUAL REPORT FOR OUR FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

  • Personal 49% 49%
  • Corporations 21% 21%
  • Foundations 21% 21%
  • Communities 8% 8%
  • Grants 1% 1%

Volunteer & Staff

148,104 HOURS OF VOLUNTEERING
3:1 Ratio OF VOLUNTEERS TO STAFF

  • Volunteers 60% 60%
  • Staff 40% 40%
Food insecurity is a serious health problem in Canada.

Food insecurity is a serious health problem in Canada. It is associated with poorer health, psychological, social, and emotional outcomes. In Alberta, one in ten individuals experience food insecurity, with 17% children living in food insecure households. The existence of food banks is becoming more important as the need for these facilities by families increases. The Calgary Food Bank constantly collecting feedback from our clients, partner agencies, donors, and volunteers. By asking questions and analyzing the responses, the Calgary Food Bank commits to continuous improvement.

Activities

Emergency Food Hampers

OUTPUTS

Emergency hampers provide clients in temporary emergency situations with one week’s worth of food and referrals to outside organizations. Food is provided to low-income and food insecure Calgarians. We connect clients with community resources that can address the underlying issues of food insecurity. 25% of clients are referred to other community agencies.

  • Clients who indicated feeling tense or stressed out at least once or twice daily. 60% 60%
  • Clients are referred to other community agencies. 25% 25%

SHORT-TERM OUTCOMES

Relieving food insecurity and providing support for clients who are experiencing emergency situations. Alleviate the stress of wondering where the next meal is coming from.

LONG-TERM OUTCOMES

Creating a hunger-free community.

"Thank you very, very much. I think about the people who donate and the people who organize and distribute the food, and I feel so grateful. You have removed a whole lot of stress from my life. I feel so secured and cared for when my cupboards and fridge are full, as they are today because I picked up my food hamper. Words are not enough, but that is what I’m offering the CFB through this survey. You all have made such a difference for me to carry on today. I continue to look for work knowing I have your support and that I have enough to eat."

- Food Bank Client

2017/2018
Hampers provided 66,204
Referrals to agencies 13,317
Unique clients 65,604
Unique clients under 18
24,608
Clients helped by agencies*
24,209
Money saved**
$17,333,460
2016/2017
Hampers provided 68,084
Referrals to agencies 7,704
Unique clients 68,516
Unique clients under 18
24,162
Clients helped by agencies*
36,269
Money saved**
$19,570,089
2015/2016
Hampers provided 65,419
Referrals to agencies 7,920
Unique clients 67,891
Unique clients under 18
24,480
Clients helped by agencies*
22,859
Money saved**
$17,113,150

* Clients being helped by other agencies is the number of hampers referred to the Food Bank from other agencies.
**Money saved can be used to pay off debt, pay for rent, utilities, medical bills, childcare, etc. The money saved includes all emergency hampers and baby hampers. The estimated value of each hamper is as follows: Pink $180, Blue $270, Green $315, Purple $630, Orange $270 and Baby $50.

Specialty Food Hampers

OUTPUTS

Specialty hampers are food hampers that are tailored to special circumstances, including infant and prenatal; celiac, renal, and welcome home hampers. This allows food insecure clients with dietary restrictions can access the Emergency Hamper program. The Calgary Food Bank collaborates with Alberta Health Services to determine an appropriate hamper content in order to meet medical dietary restrictions.

SHORT-TERM OUTCOMES

Relieving food insecurity and providing support for clients who are experiencing emergency situations. Alleviate the stress of wondering where the next meal is coming from. Clients with special dietary needs are able to access food resources.

LONG-TERM OUTCOMES

Creating a hunger-free community.

TYPES OF HAMPERS

From 2013-2015 there were 4 types of specialty hampers, celiac, welcome home, pre-natal and infant. In 2016, renal hampers were added to the program.

  • Celiac
  • Renal
  • Welcome Home / Pantry
  • Pre-natal
  • Infant

2017/2018
Types of specialty hampers 5
Hampers distributed 12,997
2016/2017
Types of specialty hampers 5
Hampers distributed 13,099
2015/2016
Types of specialty hampers 5
Hampers distributed 6,478

Hampers for the Homeless

OUTPUTS

The Calgary Food Bank collaborates with 17 non-profit agencies that are working with the homeless population. We supply those agencies with homeless hampers, allowing the agencies to focus on their programming. The hampers contain 2 to 3 days of ready to eat food, supplying those living rough with a food source. Homeless individuals are connected with service providers.

“It helps to provide food to the hard to reach homeless and get connected to CMHA resources.”

- Agency Partner

SHORT-TERM OUTCOMES

Supplying nutrition to those living rough and may not have another source of food.

LONG-TERM OUTCOMES

Creating a hunger-free community.

"I was homeless for almost 4 years, during that time I was thankful for the homeless hampers that you provided. I lived at the YWCA for 2 years 9 months and I’m now in my own apartment. It wouldn’t be possible without all the help that I’ve been given and continue to receive. "

- Food Bank Client

Homelessness puts a strain on both taxpayers and various social agencies costing the Canadian economy $7 Billion annually due to the cost of emergency shelters, social services, health care, and correction.
- The Homeless Hub

On a given night, 3,430 Calgarians experience homelessness.

- The Calgary Homeless Foundation

Aboriginal people are over-represented in the homeless population. They make 3% of the Calgary population but make 20% of its homeless population.

2017/2018
Number of agencies 15
Number of bags distributed 14,080
Money saved* $450,560
2016/2017
Number of agencies 15
Number of bags distributed 14,109
Money saved* $451,770
2015/2016
Number of agencies 17
Number of bags distributed 15,981
Money saved* $655,221

* Dollar value of hamper savings, allowing agencies focus on their programming rather than outsourcing food.

Weekends and More

OUTPUTS

Food insecure children are provided with kid-friendly bags of food, given out by teachers, to support them over the weekends.

SHORT-TERM OUTCOMES

Meet the immediate hunger needs of food insecure children and reduce the occurrence of teachers paying for food for students. Teachers can focus on education instead of sourcing food. The most food insecure children are properly identified and provided with food. Reported by teachers, overall improvement in class participation,  academic performance, and concentration for children in the program.

LONG-TERM OUTCOMES

Creating a hunger-free community.

"Thank you for having a program to support our students.  It really makes a difference for students and families."

- Participating School

Teachers saw a tremendous amount or quite a bit of  improvement in the following areas:
  • IMPROVED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE 59% 59%
  • IMPROVED CLASS PARTICIPATION 79% 79%
  • IMPROVED CONCENTRATION 81% 81%
2017/2018
Number of bags distributed 8,621
Number of schools 10
2016/2017
Number of bags distributed 8,710
Number of schools 10
2015/2016
Number of bags distributed 5,059
Number of schools 10

Milk Program

OUTPUTS

Bulk milk is provided to agencies for distribution and provided to pregnant or nursing mothers, and children as part of the Emergency Hamper Program. Families with children receive extra milk.

SHORT-TERM OUTCOMES

Pregnant or nursing mothers receive daily recommended intake or milk or alternatives. All children are provided with milk according to Canada’s Food Guide, receiving the nutrients to sustain their growth and development. Agencies that are working with pre-school children and / or pregnant and nursing women receive milk from the Food Link program, and are not refused due to capacity limit.

NUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES (2017/2018)

12 Non-profit and charitable agencies working with pre-school children and/or nursing and pregnant women (includes both Children’s Milk and Food Link agencies).

LONG-TERM OUTCOMES

Creating a hunger-free community.

Families with children receive extra milk.

"This program has been a great support to our agency. It helps the mothers and children in our program with their daily dairy and calcium needs.”

- Food Link Agency

2017/2018
Number of 2L milk cartons given out 14,970
Families with children receive extra milk. 28,932
Children receive nutrients to sustain their growth and development.* 2% Milk 47,582
3% Milk 14,970
Pregnant and nursing women receive milk.***
2% Milk 3,640
3% Milk 10,855
Agencies working with pre-school children, pregnant and nursing women. 12
2016/2017
Number of 2L milk cartons given out 10,805
Families with children receive extra milk. 27,692
Children receive nutrients to sustain their growth and development.* 2% Milk 46,934
3% Milk 16,070
Pregnant and nursing women receive milk.***
2% Milk 2,400
Agencies working with pre-school children, pregnant and nursing women. 20
2015/2016
Number of 2L milk cartons given out 12,000
Families with children receive extra milk. 30,933
Children receive nutrients to sustain their growth and development.* 2% Milk 79,443
3% Milk 15,791
Children receive nutrients to sustain their growth and development.*
2% Milk 10,449
3% Milk 11,305
Agencies working with pre-school children, pregnant and nursing women. 25

* Cartons of milk distributed through the emergency hamper program.
**Milk distributed to agencies, through Food Link, that are working with children and/or pregnant and nursing women.

Food Link

OUTPUTS

Bulk food and supplies are provided to partner agencies. Provide food and non-food items to non-profit and charitable organizations.

SHORT-TERM OUTCOMES

Support organizations by absorbing or diverting agencies’ food and supplies cost, agencies can focus on meeting the needs of the community instead of sourcing food. Money saved can be relocated to sustain existing programs or launch new programs.

Re-distribute excessive amounts of certain items to other agencies which results in reduced food waste. Ability to keep up with the demand of the programs and not refusing agencies due to capacity limit.

LONG-TERM OUTCOMES

Creating a hunger-free community.

“If we had to source food, we would have to relinquish other important supports. If not for the 2,700 pounds of food we receive for our Youth Culinary Arts program, we would be limited in hiring counsellors who provide support alongside these young people as they train for employment. The program and our staff are critical in helping to build our client’s confidence, work ethic , job and life skills- all with the intent of helping them find healthy independent living.”

- Sylvia MacIver, Wood's Homes Communications Manager

2017/2018
Number of programs* 239
Pounds of food distributed 2,583,603
Money saved** $5,167,206
2016/2017
Number of programs* 228
Pounds of food distributed 2,960,925
Money saved** $5,921,849
2015/2016
Number of programs* 215
Pounds of food distributed 2,983,232
Money saved** $5,966,464

* Number of programs that access the Food Link in a given year.
** Dollar value of food distributed.

Food Rescue

OUTPUTS

Rescuing viable food from retailers which would be otherwise thrown out. The Calgary Food Bank re-distributes rescued food to clients, non-profit agencies, charitable organizations and other Food Banks.

SHORT-TERM OUTCOMES

Reducing waste and increasing supply of goods available for Calgary Food Bank programming. Food is distributed in a more efficient way resulting in reduced food waste and increased purchasing power. The pounds of food re-distributed should ideally should equal to pounds of food rescued.

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LONG-TERM OUTCOMES

Creating a hunger-free community.

2017/2018
Number of food industry partners* 372
Pounds of food distributed 9,413,188
Value of food rescued** $18,399,119
2016/2017
Number of food industry partners* 358
Pounds of food distributed 7,176,575
Value of food rescued** $12,210,673
2015/2016
Number of food industry partners* 434
Pounds of food distributed 4,838,047
Value of food rescued** $9,676,094

*Food industry partners include retailers, wholesalers, producers, vendors and transportation companies.
** Dollar value of food rescued.

Regional Distribution

OUTPUTS

The Calgary Food Bank provides food to other Food Banks and charities across the Alberta and Canada. Emergency food and supplies are delivered to other Food Banks across Alberta. Supply additional resources to areas in Canada which are in need. Sharing bulk food with members of Food Banks Alberta based on their capacity and support regional partners by re-distributing food.

SHORT-TERM OUTCOMES

By collaborating with other food banks and charities, we ensure that emergency food and supplies are delivered where they are needed most, reaching more food insecure clients. The Calgary Food Bank re-distributes excessive amounts of certain items to other agencies which results in reduced food waste.

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LONG-TERM OUTCOMES

Creating a
hunger-free community.

2017/2018
Number of beneficiaries (Food Banks) 36
Pounds of food distributed 2,344,281
Dollar value of food distributed* $4,688,562
2016/2017
Number of beneficiaries (Food Banks) 32
Pounds of food distributed 2,800,664
Dollar value of food distributed* $5,601,328
2015/2016
Number of beneficiaries (Food Banks) over 35
Pounds of food distributed 3,130,689
Dollar value of food distributed* $6,261,378

* By collaborating with other food banks and charities, we ensure that emergency food and supplies are delivered where they needed most reaching more food insecure clients. Dollar value of food distributed through regional share.

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info@calgaryfoodbank.com

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