National and Provincial Initiatives
We are a proud member of Food Banks Canada, the national charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadians living with hunger by supporting food banks across the country.
The Calgary Food Bank is also part of the provincial association Food Banks Alberta.
Working together to feed Canadians
Food Banks Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadians living with hunger by supporting more than 500 food banks across the country. Food Banks Canada initiates numerous food and fundraisers to help food banks meet the needs of their communities. When you see these events, know that your participation will make a difference right here at home!
National initiatives we are involved with include: Every Plate Full, Catelli Feed the Hope, Corus Feeds Kids, Hunger Awareness Week, Walmart Fight Hunger, Spark Change, Loblaw’s, Subway, After the Bell, and Campbells Help Hunger Disappear.
A FRESH take on collaboration
Food banks work hard to provide a variety of fresh foods such as vegetables, fruit, dairy, protein and eggs to their clients. Increasing the quantity of fresh and whole foods in each client’s food bank hamper shows we care about their health and path to resiliency. That is why fresh food partnerships are critical and provide generous, reliable donations to food banks.
With that in mind, we are excited to introduce Food Bank FRESH Alberta, a new collaborative pilot project with Calgary Food Bank, Edmonton’s Food Bank, Food Banks Alberta and Food Banks Canada to secure increased amounts of nutritious food for the food bank network in Alberta. The goal is to build strong programs with Alberta food producers to glean and distribute quality fresh food to everyone accessing food banks.
While some food banks in Alberta have connections with their local agricultural producers, it can be difficult to accommodate and move fresh food easily across the whole province. This project will work to eliminate barriers and increase a food bank’s ability to capitalize on the generosity of food producers, as well as to collaborate with producers to identify new areas to procure wholesome, fresh, and nutritious food. The food procurement team in Alberta is being led by Amy McKee, the Western Canada Procurement Manager for Food Banks Canada.