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The board of directors of Alberta Food Banks has a new chairperson.

Arianna Johnson, executive director of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association in Fort McMurray, is the 2015-16 chair of the board. Other executive members are: Lori McRitchie (1st Vice-chair) of the Airdrie Food Bank, Shelby MacLeod (2nd Vice-Chair) Director-at-large, Suzan Krecsy (Secretary) of the St. Albert Food Bank, and Karen Campbell (Treasurer) Director-at-Large.

Board members are: Mark Doram of Edmonton's Food Bank, Kim Dumont of the High Prairie and District Food Bank, Elaine Hook, Director-at-large, and James McAra...

Alberta Food Banks is celebrating a new partnership with western Canadian retailer, London Drugs.

London Drugs has been a long-time supporter of food banks across Alberta through various community initiatives such as Five Hole for Food. However, this marks the company’s first formal commitment to a sustainable program supporting food banks in the province. The company expects to contribute more than 110,000 pounds of food and hygiene products annually.

“We couldn’t be more thankful for this partnership with London Drugs,” said Stephanie Rigby, Executive Director of Alberta Food Banks. “In the...

By Jason van Rassel, Calgary Herald (This article appeared on Sept. 2, 2014)

Alberta’s minimum wage went up this week, but social service agencies in the Calgary region say they’re seeing more evidence working families are having trouble making ends meet.

Calgary’s main food bank and others around the city are reporting increased use over last year, citing the region’s low vacancy rate and resulting high rents as one of the main drivers of the trend.

“There are a lot of people who ask me, ‘We still need food banks in Alberta?’ and they’re quite astonished,” said Stephanie Rigby, executive...

Alberta Food Banks is the provincial association for food banks in Alberta. With a membership of 60 across the province, the association provides resources and programs to benefit member food banks. We support our members in food and fundraising initiatives, community awareness and advocacy activities. We are looking for a volunteer warehouse worker to assist in the regular construction of mixed pallets of food to distribute out to member food banks across Alberta. Training will be provided.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the volunteer warehouse worker will...

Download 2013 AFB annual report.pdf (5.21 MB)

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: director@albertafoodbanks.org


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...

Loblaw Extra Helping Spring Campaign

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.


Want to donate food but don't know what to give? Most food banks have specific items they need regularly. These 'Most Wanted' items vary from one food bank to another, but we have created a list to help you support your local food bank.