History

1980's

The Airdrie Food Bank was established in March 1984 when local churches signalled a critical need. A member of each church was recruited to the board. Donations of food and money came from the congregations to fill hampers. The Anglican Church provided a room for the Food Bank with storage in various locations.

Initially, requests for hampers were few and were handled by volunteers as the requests came in. Card files tracked the number of times a client received a hamper. As the number of requests increased, arrangements were made for Family Services to take the calls for applications. Regular hamper-filling days, Tuesday and Friday mornings, were established and volunteers made the decisions on eligibility according to income and circumstances.

1990's

In 1995, as demand increased (about 20 hampers/month), Family Services could no longer monitor the calls, but offered a phone, a computer and space in their office for Food Bank use. The Food Bank hired a coordinator to process client calls two mornings a week, Mondays and Thursdays, and to arrange for hampers to be filled by volunteers the next day.

The church basement became too small for the number of requests being handled, and for the storage of supplies. In 1998, with the help of social planning at the City of Airdrie, space was secured in the newly opened Regional Health Building. The Food Bank's office, grocery shelves and storage space were together in one room, saving staff and volunteers time and energy. The annual lease was only a dollar, saving the organization significant funds over the years.

2000's

In 2006, the space we were using in the Regional Health Building was needed for others uses. The Airdrie Food Bank began a campaign to look for a new location. The City offered to lease the Food Bank a piece of land. With the help of many volunteers, including particularly Martin Durocher, who oversaw the project, we were able to purchase a mobile home, modify it to meet commercial standards, move and renovate a building donated by the Ag building (for the warehouse) and set up shop. Our Grand Opening was held in March 2007.

2010's

The Airdrie Food Bank worked hard to meet the drastically increased demand for food services and programs. For years we have been in urgent need of additional space to continue to meet the growing needs of those struggling in our community. With the support of our community now have a new purpose-built facility! We moved in August 2014 and our Grand Opening was in November 2014. It took an entire community to build the Airdrie Food Bank. We thank you!

We are now in the process of expanding our services to include more skill building programs by providing a Community Kitchen, which we plan to share with the community.


Read All About Us

A local weekly publication called Here's the Scoop has generously dedicated an entire publication to the Airdrie Food Bank on an annual basis. Each one is packed with stories about the food bank, clients, volunteers and more.

Downloads are now available!

 

 

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