On average, our emergency food hampers contain 16% whole grains, 26% whole grains, 28% fruits and vegetables, and 30% is categorized as ‘other,’ which includes items like baking supplies, white bread and pasta, or snack foods.
It is through the kind hearts of community members that the Calgary Food Bank can expand our reach for hamper distribution through Satellite Locations. Our location in Lincoln Park, is run by two lovely volunteers, Karen and Ward, who we spoke with about their experience with running a Satellite Location.
Many people think of food security as the opposite of food insecurity, which refers to a household’s ability to afford the food they need. However, food security goes one step further to encompass the structure and operation of our food systems.
We’ve gotten to know the Victory Team well through their use of the Food Link and Fresh Tote Food Rescue Program, and, with so much going on for Victory Outreach, we thought it would be a good time to sit down with Operations Director Matthew Bannerman to find out more!
The Calgary Food Bank distributes approximately 400 food hampers to households experiencing food insecurity and processes over 500 requests for emergency food hampers each day. How do we manage such a high need for emergency food support?