Fresh From The Heart
Food connects us as a community and builds each other up in times of need. Nothing is truer than Calgarians who, every year, come together to grow vegetables for their neighbours in need. Some are private and public community gardens, and others are organized volunteer efforts exclusively for the Calgary Food Bank. Large or small, every donation from a garden makes an incredible impact. When we can add fresh produce to a family or individual’s hamper, we are helping to build their resiliency. It is critical to eat well when you are in crisis so when we can give fresh vegetables it tells someone they matter. It’s fresh from the heart!
When you grow-a-row, this can really add up to make an incredible difference in someone’s life. Gardening, volunteering and giving back are all great activities for your heart, and your community!
What Can I Grow?
Dirt is a good thing
Garden soil, free of pesticides or chemicals, creates a protective layer that keeps the produce fresher, longer. When we wash vegetables so they look ‘good’, they are now vulnerable to the air and will start to decompose. Special cleaners are not necessary, just a simple wash just before use is the best.
Donating Your Harvest
It’s easy! Bring your harvest to our warehouse so we can store it at the proper temperature and add to hampers right away!
When donating your produce please do not wash it. The dirt helps to keep it fresh for longer. Please drop-off your unwashed produce in a container (bag, box, bin) that you ideally don’t need back.
Sorry we don’t accept crab apples, rhubarb or any home grown fruit. Many people aren’t sure what to do with them and we find it very hard to give them away to clients and agencies. As an alternative, view our recommended organizations that can accept your home grown fruit donation.
5000 11 Street SE (Donation Centre which is Loading Dock, Door 7)
Monday to Thursday: 8 am – 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 8 am – 3 pm