Food bank usage was up marginally across Canada this year, but the picture in Alberta was a stark contrast, with an increase of more than 23% over 2014.
According to national HungerCount statistics released today in Ottawa, Alberta experienced the highest jump nationally with a record 67,443 people accessing a food bank during the month of March. The national increase in food bank use was just 1.3%.
“Sadly, the surge was not wholly unexpected because the economic landscape in Alberta has changed drastically over the last 18 months,” says Stephanie Rigby, executive director of Alberta Food...
Alberta Food Banks held its annual general meeting (AGM) on May 21, 2014 at the provincial conference in Edmonton. You can download and read the 2013 annual report, which highlights the activities of the association for the last fiscal year (January to December 2013). If you would like a mailed copy of the report, please contact the office at: email@example.com
This annual event is an opportunity for food banks in Alberta to come together and share, learn, connect and network with the food bank community in Alberta. The 2014 conference is being held in Edmonton May 21-23 and brings together like-minded individuals and organizations interested in the food bank sector. The theme for 2014 is: Growing Our Thriving Network. More than 75 food bank staff and volunteers from all across the province are registered to attend this 2-day event.
Two food banks are being showcased as part of the event - Edmonton's Food Bank and the St. Albert Food Bank and...
The Loblaw Extra Helping Spring Campaign ran April 4-24. One hundred per cent of food donations and 85 per cent of cash donations from these bi-annual campaigns go directly to the local food bank, while the remaining 15 per cent of donated cash will support provincial food bank programs. Thanks to the support and generosity of customers, in 2013, the Extra Helping™ Food Drive raised more than $1.9 million in funds and over 1.5 million pounds of food for food banks across the country. The next campaign will just before the holiday season.