Edmonton Food Bank

About

Edmonton’s Food Bank

Mission Statement

To be stewards in the collection of surplus and donated food for the effective distribution, free of charge, to people in need in our community while seeking solutions to the causes of hunger.

Each month, more than 13,000 people receive food hampers from Edmonton’s Food Bank. The Food Bank also distributes food to more than 350,000 meals and snacks each month through 211 agencies, churches or food depots with which we are affiliated. Approximately 40 per cent of clients served are children under 18.

When individuals call the Food Bank looking for assistance, they are asked questions about their situation such as their name, address, family size, source of income, and what has happened that has left them short of money and food. During this process, the individual may be provided with information on other helping agencies or groups such as low-cost housing, collective kitchens, free meals, free or low-cost household goods or clothing, a food co-op, employment information (resumes, access to fax and phone), Health For Two (pre-natal health connection), emergency shelters and immigrant services.

Information on Edmonton’s Food Bank

Fast Facts 2014
By The Numbers

About Edmonton’s Food Bank
•Works collaboratively with more than 210 agencies, churches and food depots throughout Edmonton, such as Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Our House Addiction Recovery, Crystal Kids, Bissell Centre and Hope Mission. These agencies receive food from our warehouse to assist their clients
•Serves more than 13,000 people per month through our hamper programs.
•In addition, over 350,000 meals and snacks are provided monthly through our affiliated agencies.
•Provides food to 35 high risk schools for lunch & snack programs in Edmonton.
•Approximately 40 percent of our clients are children under the age of 18.
•Provides food for special festive meals to the community.
•Supports community events such as Edmonton’s bi-annual Homeless Connect.
•More than 1,100 events are coordinated each year to raise food and funds to support our mission. These events also raise awareness of the solvable problem of hunger in our community.
•Collected, sorted, repackaged, and redistributed 3.2 million kilograms of food in 2013. The approximate value of this food is $17,600,000.
•Is a United Way agency, but does not receive any core government funding.
•Provides warehouse space for our provincial association, Alberta Food Banks.
•Is a recognized teaching facility for Concordia University’s Environmental Health Program.
•The Executive Director of Edmonton’s Food Bank is a member of the Order of Canada and received the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals.
•Newly accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program for showing excellence and compliance in five key areas of operations:Board governance, financial accountability & transparency, fundraising, staff management, and volunteer involvement (Imagine Canada Standards Program).

Volunteers
•In 2013, more than 45,600 volunteer hours were contributed.
•Volunteers assist with warehouse duties such as sorting, repackaging food and packing food hampers. They also act as ambassadors for the Food Bank at special events and fundraisers