9 Food items that are more expensive than ever in Canada

If you’ve gone grocery shopping lately, you’ve surely seen the affect the downturn has had at the register. Many food essentials like meat, produce and diary have soared in price thanks to a low loonie, high transportation costs and a bad crop in the last US growing season (Alberta especially imports many of it’s fresh items from…

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Bernard Callebaut talks Valentine’s chocolate [Gallery]

WHAT GOES INTO YOUR SWEETHEART’S SWEETS For chocolate lovers, Valentine’s Day is all about satisfying that nagging sweet tooth. And during this season, ornate chocolates are seen lining the shelves from Shoppers Drug Mart to the upper echelons of Calgarian chocolateries. Though it’s a popular commodity – especially around this congenial time of year –…

THEIR STORY: Meet 5-year-old Abigail

  When parents in crisis have no one else to turn to for help when they or a family member is in the hospital, they have us 24/7/365. Help a family like Abigail’s. When Abigail was five, her brother got really sick. Mom and Dad said his kidneys weren’t working and he was staying at…

Crisis Nursery helps mom in labour

Spring symbolizes renewal and new life. This mom got the support she needed bringing in her family’s newest life! “When I emigrated from China to Calgary with my husband and two children (3 and 7), I was seven months pregnant. When I went into labour a few months later, my husband and I had to…

Delia students partner with Children’s Cottage in wake of Charlottesville violence

After the tragic deaths and violence in Charlottesville, VA and subsequent cities across North America, four Delia students are taking positive action. On Oct. 18, students from Delia High School are taking part in The Inclusivity Project — helping the underserved through donations and volunteering at Children’s Cottage Crisis Nursery. Erin Bergman, one of the four Grade 10…

5 Food budget mistakes and how to fix them

The weak Canadian dollar is no doubt affecting the price of food all over Canada. Calgarians especially are noticing the increased price in food in our local grocery stores. To put it in perspective, the price of a few heads of cauliflower are the same price as a barrel of oil. But there are easy ways…

Have you heard of Calgary’s 2nd Mayor?

Since the food bank was created in 1982, Terry Deets has been with us five days per week, every week for the last 30-plus years. His dedication and generosity has helped him earn the nickname “Mayor of the Food Bank,” both in metaphor and sometimes in an even larger capacity.He has rubbed shoulders with former Mayors…

This fundraiser will revive your love for Valentine’s Day!

For some, Valentine’s Day is a favourite holiday and for others, it’s a bummer or an excuse to eat discounted candy on Feb. 15. Here at the Calgary Food Bank, we love Valentine’s Day and thoughtful donations in the name of love are the way to our heart. So it’s no surprise that one company’s “Candy Grams…

Nine Christmas and holiday programs for Calgarians in need

The month of December is hard for Calgarians for a lot of reasons, and sometimes, the hardest part is knowing where to look for help. Though we have our own program around the holidays, as a food bank our mandate is food first. That said, we do our best to get Calgarians the support they need, food or…

City-Wide Food Drive a massive success!

The beautiful chaos that is the annual City Wide Food Drive has come to an end for the 11th time and we couldn’t be happier with the results! All day, our 7,000 volunteers gave their all running around the entire city and unloading vehicles full of food. We say volunteers are our lifeblood, and we’d be hard pressed…

Making food drives and fundraisers a success

For five days in June, Strategic Group — a commercial real estate company with buildings peppered across Calgary and Edmonton — blew us away with their internal food drive and fundraising campaign! Strategic Group has been doing this for us since 2012, so they’ve more or less perfected the art of raising food and funds. Though we…

Youth culinary program takes at-risk kids off the streets

What happens when you get a group of kids together to make food? You would think a disaster, but at the Youth Culinary Arts program it is a major success! The program, run by Wood’s Homes in partnership with the John Howard Society and help from Calgary Food Bank’s Food Link program, is designed to expose at-risk homeless youth from ages 15…

Why harvest season is our favourite season!

  The air is crisper, the leaves are changing and pumpkin spice is baked, blended and brewed into nearly everything we consume. It must be autumn in Calgary! Though we’re sad to see summer go, there is a gigantic silver lining for us and our clients — it’s harvest season! Which means that some of…

Battling hunger in Calgary schools

Imagine starting every day hungry, unable to focus on your work and to what people are saying because your stomach is growling and your head is pounding. Unfortunately, this is a reality for too many kids in our city. Food Banks Canada says 310,461 children in school are helped each month at food banks across Canada,…

A little art goes a long way

It’s no surprise that we go to a lot a cheque presentations. But when we found out a daycare raised money, donated food and wanted us to join them for a cheque presentation, we knew something adorable was about to happen. We were right.  Bright Path Kids Daycare in Midnapore just wrapped up their month-long…

Navigating the food bank phone room

There is constant hustle and bustle in every department at the food bank. Volunteers and staff rush in and out of hallways and doors, looking both ways for nearing forklifts, but there is a special room in our building that requires quiet and composure. A little spot nestled away behind Client Services is a room…

A Canadian food bank first: hampers for renal care

In conjunction with Alberta Health Services, the Calgary Food Bank is the first food bank in Canada to create a specialty food hamper that provides the basics of a kidney-conscious diet specifically for clients with chronic renal issues. It’s no surprise that the chronically ill are often the most food insecure in our community. Because…

Students advocate for Calgary Food Bank in philanthropy competition

In the eyes of some, today’s youth have a bad reputation. Rightly or wrongly, you can’t help but hear adults talk about “kids today.”  You might have heard that video games are making kids violent, Twitter is making them mean and rap music is turning them criminal. Here at the Calgary Food Bank, we couldn’t…