Praise from our Partners...
Recovery Acres: Since partnering with the Calgary Food Bank five years ago, we have cut food expenditures by $150,000. Not only have we received basic food stocks but on occasion have received items for our clients that we would never purchase.
Hull Services: Without the Food Link Program we would be lost! The Food Bank supports our after-school snack programs and emergency food programs at four locations. Without after-school snacks some kids might go to bed hungry, and without emergency food families might go without altogether!
The Mustard Seed: We make 350 bag lunches a day. Providing bread and a steady supply of individually wrapped items to add to the lunches is an incredible blessing. Not to mention the fresh foods we have enjoyed in our main food services area.
The Alex: Recipients of food hampers at the Alex truly benefit from our partnership with the Food Bank. We pick up wholesome, nutritious food, including fresh fruit and vegetables, twice a week, to pack into these hampers. Thanks to this partnership, we are helping build a healthier community.
Inn from the Cold: Inn from the Cold wants to ensure that those in need receive the healthy food they require to not only survive but thrive in their everyday lives. The Food Bank's support of the emergency shelter has allowed us to provide families with healthy meals during their time of greatest need. This has helped us redirect food costs to frontline services that provide programs and housing for our guests. Once housed, the Food Bank works with the Inn to ensure families receive food when they need it, relieving much of the stress associated with trying to stretch their limited resources to cover the essentials of life. Food supplements often represent the difference between a family's ability to sustain in the community by removing their need to choose between essentials such as paying utilities or feeding their children. This is a decision many Calgary families would have to make on a monthly basis if not for the amazing work of the Calgary Food Bank and their committed support of Inn from the Cold.
Oxford House Foundation: Oxford House is transitional housing for men and women who have had treatment for addictions. Most of our clients are serious about turning their lives around, and are usually hard workers, once they have cleaned up. More often than not they are receiving assistance when they first come to us, and do not have a lot of cash for what most people call the 'basics'. With the kind help of the Calgary Food Bank and the incredible staff and volunteers, they are able to concentrat their energy on finding employment and staying on track. The last thing they need in early recovery is the added stress of finding their next meal. Do we have success stories? Lots of them. Thanks for your part.
Teen Challenge Alberta: I honestly don't know where to begin. We have been partners for a long time. The variety of items received has certainly helped us develop a greater and varied menu. We are able to make up hampers for family members of both students and staff. We love the miscellaneous boxes because sometimes there are items in a box that we really need like body wash, light bulbs, etc.
Youth with a MIssion: I think one of the worst things in the world is being homeless. It means many things, inclucing a lack of nutrition, proteins, fiber - just food in general. The Food Bank has specifically helped us in our ministry - providing us with the proper food to feed these desperate people. As a result, I think that people are getting a certain hope, not only from us but from people who try and help them.
URSA: Several clients in our agency live on extremely limited funds and our participation in the Food Link program has enriched their lives. They are very thankful for the food and the extra supplies they receive thorugh your program - basic necessities they may not have been able to afford. Please continue to provide this service as it is changing lives!