Providing Food To The City’s Most Vulnerable
This program was created in 1999 as a response to partner organizations’ concerns regarding the ability for those experiencing homelessness to access food. These hampers provide short-term relief of hunger with easy to open, ready to eat, shelf stable food for one to two days. A bulk food option is also available to partner organizations who prefer to customize content for their client base.
The hampers and the food they provide are invaluable. Food is a catalyst to supporting anyone in need, and this hamper program gives the qualified partners who serve the homeless population a starting point for conversation with those in crisis.
The estimated market value for a hamper is $30. While this provides financial relief for the recipient and the community partner, the value of the hamper goes far beyond the dollar amount. When partner organizations aren’t focusing on food, they can focus on their core programming and use their resources to connect and work more closely with their clients, increasing their chances of being transitioned into stable housing.
Calgary Food Bank programming has improved through rigorous review and adaptation, allowing them to deliver more value to the people they serve. Want to know more? Visit the Charity Intelligence page to review program goals and learnings.
Community Partner (Agency) Conditions
It is critical that partner organizations are able and willing to track the number of mobile hampers distributed to clients through their programs. Reports are submitted on a quarterly basis and support evaluation of the Mobile Hampers program. Reporting also gives organizations an opportunity to share feedback with the Calgary Food Bank.