The Strathcona Food Bank is a non-profit organization providing food to families in need in Sherwood Park and rural Strathcona County. It has been in operation since 1983.
Prior to 1983, small informal food banks were housed in various churches in Sherwood Park. After the 1982 Strathcona Christmas Bureau campaign, the Christmas Bureau approached the numerous food banks with the idea of amalgamating their efforts. As a result, in 1983, independent of the Strathcona Christmas Bureau, the Strathcona Food Bank was formed. The Strathcona Food Bank is operated by volunteers and is overseen by a volunteer board of directors.
We operate with approximately 150 volunteers staffing the Food Bank on a weekly basis. Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, except statutory holidays.
Five mornings a week, volunteer drivers and helpers pick up bread, pastries, some fresh produce and frozen foods at local grocery stores. Once delivered to the Food Bank, donations are sorted and stored by our “hamper volunteers”.
Volunteers respond to client requests and make up food hampers as needed from the donated food items. These volunteers also take care of the day to day housekeeping duties associated with the operation of our facility.
Food Bank Statistics
The Strathcona Food Bank supports a population of 98,381 (2018 census) residents. In the last five years the Food Bank has served the following:
- 3082 hampers which provided food for,
- 5068 adults
- 949 teens
- 2704 children
- 3171 hampers which provided food for,
- 5242 adults
- 929 teens
- 2980 children
- 3127 hampers which provided food for,
- 5353 adults
- 991 teens
- 2966 children
- 2245 hampers which provided food for,
- 3688 adults
- 797 teens
- 2024 children
- 1566 hampers which provided food for,
- 2729 adults
- 482 teens
- 1686 children
Food Bank Code of Ethics
- committing to the physical and social well-being of low income individuals
- committing to the social justice principle of food recovery
- striving to make food available to those in need
- recognizing our role in alleviating hunger
- conducting our affairs and associations in a manner that will not trivialize the problem of hunger
- Food Banks Alberta
- Food Banks Canada
- National Food Sharing Program
- Alberta Share