Edmonton’s Food Bank
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, almost 20,000 people receive food hampers from Edmonton’s Food Bank. The Food Bank also distributes food to more than 500,000 meals and snacks each month through more than 230 agencies, churches or food depots with which we are affiliated. Approximately 40 percent 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 a fax machine and phone), Health For Two (pre-natal health connection), emergency shelters and immigrant services.
Information on Edmonton’s Food Bank
About Edmonton’s Food Bank
•Works collaboratively with more than 230 agencies, churches and food depots throughout Edmonton, such as Bissell Centre, Crystal Kids, Hope Mission, Metis Child & Family Services, Operation Friendship Senior Society, and Our House Addiction Recovery. These agencies receive food from our warehouse to assist their clients.
•Serves almost 20,000 people per month through our hamper programs.
•In addition, over 500,000 meals and snacks are provided monthly through our affiliated agencies.
•Provides food to 43 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 2,000 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 4.2 million kilograms of food in 2016. The approximate value of this food is $23,100,000.
•Receives some program funding from the United Way with no 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.
•Proudly recognizes the appointment of their Executive Director Marjorie Bencz, as a member of the Order of Canada and her induction into the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame.
•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).
•Although our services are focused on Edmontonians and Edmonton-based charities, Edmonton’s Food Bank provided services to Fort McMurray evacuees and the other organizations and communities serving evacuees on May 4, 2016. In the weeks that followed, Edmonton’s Food Bank supplied food, both directly and indirectly, to thousands of evacuees. Unfortunately, many evacuees are not able to return to Fort McMurray and must remain in Edmonton.
•In 2015, more than 68,000 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.