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What We do

Weekends and More
Making sure kids get the nutritious food they need on the weekends to stay healthy and learning.
Weekends and more

Feeding kids beyond the school week

Together with the Calgary Board of Education we recognize that students who rely on food programs during the week, may need nutritious food on the weekends. Students in the Weekends and More (WAM) program are identified by their teacher, counsellor or resource worker. They receive nutritious hampers containing two days’ worth of kid-friendly food that discreetly fit into a backpack.

WAM hampers are a catalyst for students and staff to have a conversation about life at home to help identify the root cause of their food insecurity. Reasons can be simple as a family not being aware a food bank or other services exist. Connecting the entire family to other community supports is positive for everyone.

Teachers reported a tremendous or quite a bit of improvement in students in the following areas:

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academic performance

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class participation

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concentration

Weekends and more

What’s in a WAM Hamper?

All hampers include two to three days worth of shelf-stable, ready to eat or easy to prepare items. Food items come from an approved list created with the help of Alberta Health Services Nutritionists.

Included are two of the each item: dairy, protein, grain, fruit and vegetables.

Weekends and More Hamper Content
Did You know?

Fast Facts

Numbers reflect our fiscal year, September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018.

Schools

Hampers

Kid-friendly meals

Lives Affected

Being able to provide a basic need like nutrition for these students increases the school's connection to the student and supports a caring relationship and community.

As the coordinator of the Breakfast program at our school weekends, long weekends and holidays were always our saddest times wondering what our children had available to them. Words cannot express my sincere gratitude for all this program does for our little ones and how happy our parents are to get a little boost to make it through.

Many of our students come to school and have not eaten. They look forward to school so they can have meals that they would otherwise go without. The students that get the WAM program know that they will have some food on the weekends to keep them going until school again on Monday. It is an amazing program and one that is much appreciated by the students and their families!

The program has helped some very reluctant parents to come into the building. It has helped us as a school determine some of our most needy families and support them in other ways, without singling them out.

We have been able to ensure kids are secure in where their meals will come from through the weekend and it is often a very soft, caring and kind touch point for a student to have at the end of the week.

Being able to provide a basic need like nutrition for these students increases the school's connection to the student and supports a caring relationship and community.

As the coordinator of the Breakfast program at our school weekends, long weekends and holidays were always our saddest times wondering what our children had available to them. Words cannot express my sincere gratitude for all this program does for our little ones and how happy our parents are to get a little boost to make it through.

Many of our students come to school and have not eaten. They look forward to school so they can have meals that they would otherwise go without. The students that get the WAM program know that they will have some food on the weekends to keep them going until school again on Monday. It is an amazing program and one that is much appreciated by the students and their families!

The program has helped some very reluctant parents to come into the building. It has helped us as a school determine some of our most needy families and support them in other ways, without singling them out.

We have been able to ensure kids are secure in where their meals will come from through the weekend and it is often a very soft, caring and kind touch point for a student to have at the end of the week.

Be part of the change

How you can help

Donate Food

Help create a healthy meal by donating our most needed items.

Donate Funds

Donate funds securely online, by mail or in person.

Volunteer

Donate your time. Volunteers are our lifeblood.

Host an event

Get creative and engage your community, host your own event.

Donate Food

Help create a healthy meal by donating our most needed items.

Host an event

Get creative and engage your community, host your own event.

Donate Funds

Donate funds securely online, by mail or in person.

Volunteer

Donate your time. Volunteers are our lifeblood.

CONTACT US
ADDRESS

5000 11 St SE
Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5

Main line: 403-253-2059
Fax: 403-259-4240
info@calgaryfoodbank.com

NEED FOOD?
CALL TO REQUEST A HAMPER
403-253-2055

Monday to Thursday: 10:30 am – 7:15 pm
Friday: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

HAMPER PICK-UP
CALGARY FOOD BANK LOCATION

Monday: 1 – 3:30 pm, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Tuesday to Thursday:
10:30 am – 3:30 pm, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Friday: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

HOURS
ADMINISTRATION

Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 4 pm

FOOD LINK

Monday to Friday: 7 am – 2 pm

LOADING DOCK, DOOR 3

Monday to Thursday: 8 am – 7:30 pm
Friday: 8 am – 3 pm

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