Edmonton Food Bank

Organize or Host a Special Event

Edmonton’s Food Bank appreciates the support it receives from countless schools, churches, community groups and businesses through special events and food drives. More than 2,200 events benefit Edmonton’s Food Bank each year.

Please help us to be carbon conscious and drop off non-perishable food donations at any major grocery store or fire station in Edmonton. If you have 50 kilograms of food or more and require a food pick-up, please call us at 780.425.2133 and allow 3-5 business days to collect the donations.

The majority of events, are held by people in the community. These events include birthday parties, Christmas parties, barbecues and office parties. All of these events are invaluable to Edmonton’s Food Bank.

Please contact us if you are planning a food or fundraiser to support Edmonton’s Food Bank. Thank you!

How you can help:

Host a casual day at the office

  • Recycle pop cans, with proceeds to the food bank
  • Have a food drive in your church, building, or business
  • Charge “food” admission instead of buying a gift or for entry into a draw

Tips

Get the word out
Create public awareness by placing promotional items (like posters, flyers, information brochures, etc.) in areas such as lunchrooms or elevators to build awareness of your food drive. Internal newsletters, public address systems, or mass e-mails can build anticipation. Use social media such as Twitter or Facebook.

Go where the action is
Provide convenient drop-off points where people can leave their donations. Try to put your donation boxes in a high-traffic area frequented by a lot of different people.

Find the needs and fill them
We appreciate every donation we receive. Please note there are certain items that we are always in need of. See if you can generate as many of the following items as possible: beans (with or without pork), canned fish or meat, canned fruit or vegetables, granola bars/cookies/crackers, juice, tea or coffee, peanut butter, powdered milk, soup, macaroni and cheese and pasta and sauce.

Be creative
Align your event with a pre-existing event, holiday, or observance. Reduce admissions or clever themes will help your drive become a success. But, don’t let us tell you how to throw a food drive – if you want to explore alternatives, we’re wide open for discussion.

Everyone likes a challenge
Make it interesting – try to create a friendly competition with neighbours, co-workers or other businesses and organizations. Challenge them to meet your contribution or to come up with their own food or fundraiser to generate even more in support of the Food Bank.

Play with your food
If you’ve got a flair for the artistic and creative, consider using donated food as your medium. In the past, some groups have competed to make Leaning Towers of Tuna and Mountains of Macaroni and Cheese!

It’s all in the delivery
Once the food is collected, it would be helpful to arrange delivery to the Food Bank’s warehouse at 11508 – 120 Street. The warehouse is open for delivery for Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.