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Ways to Give

Embracing Change

We are often asked by donors if it is better to give food or cash. In the past we have willingly accepted whatever donors have been comfortable to give. Over the last few years we have tried to be more specific in terms of the food and non-perishable items we were most in need of by posting a list of The Most Needed Items on a monthly basis. And true to the very caring nature of our many and generous donors the community has willingly responded in kind.

While we truly love your donations in any form you are comfortable giving, financial donations make a tremendous difference to our ability to purchase more specifically what we need when we most need it. We strive to provide a balanced diet, where possible, which means purchasing perishable items as well as items not frequently donated to achieve this goal. Included in these items are fresh dairy, fresh produce and fresh meat.

We strive, as much as possible, to provide food items to clients that reflect the recommendations of Canada’s Food Guide. Follow the link to view the Food Guide Snapshot:

As we begin to move in this direction we hope our current donors and new donors will adapt and adopt the course we have chosen. Stay tuned as we continue to improve the ways we try to provide the type of food we hope best serves those in need. Your continued interest in and support for the Food Bank is very much appreciated!

Financial Donations

Make a financial donation online by clicking on one of the convenient options listed below. You can also donate in person at our office located at 255 Kaska Road, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4E8 at any time during opening hours. Tax receipts will be provided for donations of $25 and over.

Food Donations

Most Needed Items

As of May 29th 2024:

  • Mixed beans and kidney beans
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned fruit (no added sugar)
  • Ready to serve soup
  • Pasta sauce
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Nice to have items:

  • Size 4T, 5T and 6 diapers, and pull-ups
  • Baby Wipes
  • Dry pet food

Perishable Donations

Perishable items require special handling in accordance with Alberta Health & Safety guidelines but special arrangements can be made by calling the Strathcona Food Bank at 780-449-6413.

The best way to donate perishable items is to make a monetary donation where the Food Bank can purchase as needed.

Perishable items which must be in good condition (we have coolers and freezers) including:

  • Bread and baking (from retail outlet)
  • Homegrown produce
  • Fresh/frozen meat that has been federally inspected and fully labelled
  • Eggs that have been government inspected
  • Dairy products

Unfortunately, we cannot accept home canning or preserves.

Non-Perishable Donations

We will accept any of the following items:

  • Food (packaged or canned goods)
  • Pet food (dogs or cats)
  • Formula, baby food, diapers (size 4, 5, and 6 only)
  • Feminine hygiene products, Depends
  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc.)
  • Dish soap, laundry detergent
  • School supplies

 

At present we are in need of medium and large glass jars with lids, large (750ml) plastic yogurt containers with lids, clean cardboard boxes, clean egg cartons (6, 12, and 18) and reusable grocery bags. Please ensure that they are clean and all labels have been removed. The kind of cardboard boxes we prefer are printer paper or copy paper boxes with lids. These are about 19 inches long and 13 inches wide.

Items we will accept from the public: large glass containers and medicine/vitamin containers with a screw top. Items not currently accepted: clam shells, detergent bottles, foil trays, perfume bottles, prescription bottles, used bread bags, coffee cans, medicine/vitamin containers, jars or plastic containers smaller than 500ml/16oz.

Food Drives

Recently the Strathcona Food Bank has been approached by several groups interested in hosting food drives to help stock our shelves and ensure our continued operation. We are truly overwhelmed by the level of interest in efforts of this nature by so many! In order to make the best use of people’s time we ask that anyone interested in hosting a food drive contact the Strathcona Food Bank Public Relations volunteer by clicking the button below and filling out our online application form:

Volunteer With Us

Give the invaluable gift of time. At present we are looking for volunteers to help as drivers, swampers (driver’s assistants who help load and unload the truck) and people to do warehousing. These positions are labour-intensive so applicants should be able to lift up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds). Click the link below for more details about applying.

Thank you, any and all donations are greatly appreciated!

E-Transfer Instructions

You can make a donation via e-transfer through the financial institution of your choice. Please ensure that the recipient email address is set to treasurer@strathconafoodbank.ca

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to the above address and our Treasurer will assist you.

Thank you for supporting the Strathcona Food Bank, any and all donation are greatly appreciated!

Strathcona Food Bank Community Events

Hello and thanks for supporting the Strathcona Food Bank!

This form will help us all stay organized.

My name is Anke Berner and I’m the Public Relations Volunteer for the Strathcona Food Bank at 255 Kaska Road in Sherwood Park. I’ll be helping and supporting you through your important (and fun!) initiative.

We have many groups who support the Strathcona Food Bank throughout the year by hosting events for us. These events can vary from collecting non-perishable food items, events where entrance fees are donated back to us, 50/50 rallies to hanging door hangers throughout Sherwood Park.

Fill out this form and hit send and I will be in touch in the coming days! I can then explain better to you how we can help one another.

Anke Berner – Public Relations Volunteer, Strathcona Food Bank

Financial Statements

Agency & Community Support

We offer weekly/bi-weekly food support to about 40 local agencies and programs such as The Robin Hood Association and The Safe Place. We also provide staples to mini food pantries in the community, such as the mini-pantry in the Family and Community Services building. These pantries help to ensure that people can access emergency food when and where they need it.

Child & Teen Snack Bags

We recognize that children and teens a unique need for nutritious snacks to support their healthy growth and development. Our snack bags, which have about 25 school-safe snacks including dried fruit, shelf-stable milk and fruit cups, are provided monthly in grocery orders for 5-17 year olds. We also provide these directly to schools to provide for students in need.

Love Food, Hate Waste

This is a unique partnership with Salisbury Composite High School culinary program. Foods that are not ideal for consumption,(such as over-ripe bananas) are repurposed by the culinary students into delicious products (such as banana bread) that are then offered to our guests. It's a popular program that keeps foods out of the landfill, teaches students valuable kitchen skills and provides a wonderful variety of baking, soups and sauces to our guests.

Birthday Bags

One month prior to their next birthday, every child and teen ages 2 - 17 receives a special bag that provides supplies to help celebrate a birthday! Collecting for and building birthday bags is done by many community groups including schools.

Client Choice Shelves

As a supplement to our standard hampers, we offer a choice section so that guests can choose a few extra foods that fit their personal and cultural food preferences. It has a cooler, freezer and 24 ft of grocery store shelving and offers things like produce, dairy, spices, sauces, canned goods, baking items and toiletries.

Regular Hamper Service

As the foundation to our food provision, we offer full grocery orders once a month and weekly top-up bread, baking and produce orders. Our monthly orders provide groceries that offer a 7-day nutritionally-balanced diet according to the Canada's Food Guide, and up to 14 days sustenance. On special request, we accommodate some dietary restrictions (vegetarian, gluten-free, pork-free, nut-free) and offer some additional items such as baby products and meal replacements.

Volunteer Application Forms

Select the appropriate tab below and fill out the corresponding dropdown form in its entirety. We will reach out to you to confirm details and answer any questions you may have as soon as your application has been processed. Thank you!

Individual Volunteer Application Form
Employment & Volunteer Experience
Availability & Area of Interest
*Please note, work will be assigned based on availability and suitability
Small Group Volunteer Application Form

Strathcona Food Bank Community Group Registration (Small Group – 10 people or less)

Hello and thanks for thinking of the Strathcona Food Bank!

This form will help you and your team (and us) stay super organized.

In 2023, the Strathcona Food Bank had over 17, 000 people visits and served over 5500 hampers to Strathcona County residents (35% increase over 2022). We are a 100% volunteer run organization – and look forward to community groups helping us out in the warehouse.

Please note that we are open to the public during the following dates/times and are not able to accommodate community group volunteers during these hours:

  • Monday to Friday 9:00am – Noon
  • Thursday evening 4:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Saturday 10:30am – 1:00pm

If you have a small group (10 people or less) who are interested in helping in our warehouse, here is what your 2-hour work bee would include:

  • A secure space for your team to meet and leave belongings.
  • A personal talk/presentation and tour of our building and operations.
  • A work bee in our warehouse to help Strathcona County residents in need (this could include putting together school snack kits/birthday bags/gluten-free bags/dog treat bags/etc.)
  • Team photo at the end of your shift!

Fill in this form and hit send and we will be in touch in the coming days!

Val Mitchell – Community Groups Volunteer, Strathcona Food Bank

*If YES: Groups that have individuals under the age of 18 must have an adult supervisor per six individuals and your organization is responsible for its volunteers.
We are always grateful for any donations that our community volunteer groups bring in to the Strathcona Food Bank as part of their work bee/visits!
Large Group Volunteer Application Form

Strathcona Food Bank Community Group Registration (Large Group – 11-20 people)

Hello and thanks for thinking of the Strathcona Food Bank!

This form will help you and your team (and us) stay super organized.

In 2023, the Strathcona Food Bank had over 17, 000 people visits and served over 5500 hampers to Strathcona County residents (35% increase over 2022). We are a 100% volunteer run organization – and look forward to community groups helping us out in the warehouse.

Please note that we are open to the public during the following dates/times and are not able to accommodate community group volunteers during these hours:

  • Monday to Friday 9:00am – Noon
  • Thursday evening 4:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Saturday 10:30am – 1:00pm

If you have a large group (11-20 individuals) interested in touring our warehouse, here is what your  1-hour (approximate) visit would include:

  • A secure space for your team to meet and leave belongings
  • A personal talk/presentation and tour of our building and operations
  • A short team activity to learn more about the Strathcona Food Bank
  • Team photo at the end of your shift!

Note: Groups that have individuals under the age of 18 must have an adult supervisor per six individuals and your sports team / business / organization is responsible for its volunteers.

Fill in this form and hit send and we will be in touch in the coming days!

Val Mitchell – Community Groups Volunteer, Strathcona Food Bank

*If YES: Groups that have individuals under the age of 18 must have an adult supervisor per six individuals and your organization is responsible for its volunteers.
We are always grateful for any donations that our community volunteer groups bring in to the Strathcona Food Bank as part of their work bee/visits!

Our Board Members

Tracey Cyca

Co-Chair

Kathryn Howden

Co-Chair

Leeann Mahé

Treasurer

Anke Berner

Secretary / Public Relations

Jo Paulencu

Director

Allee Dawson

Director

Rick McFadyen

Director & Chair, Capital Committee

Rodney Lamarre

Director