Traditional Hamper Program
The Traditional food hamper program offers services by appointment and by approved application Monday to Friday 8:30am to 8pm. We provide these services by appointment for many reasons most importantly client confidentiality. We also do this so we are able to spend a few minutes with clients giving them our undivided attention and refer them to other agencies that might be helpful as well. By making appointments ahead of time, it also allows us to ensure there is enough milk and produce freshly stocked.
Examples of referrals we make; for clients who have recently become unemployed we would refer them to Service Canada to access unemployment insurance. For a client who is struggling with a disability we would refer them to PDD and AISH. Clients who are struggling with mental health we might refer them to CMHA, AHS Mental Health, or FCSS at the RMWB.
Snack Attack School Program
The Food Bank’s Snack Attack Program is a program designed to address the increasing need for snacks in our schools for children and youth who come to school hungry. This program will provide a choice of healthy snacks as approved by Alberta Health Services (AHS).
While the FMPSD has in the past purchased snacks to ensure students do not go hungry and have created breakfast and lunch programs for families who struggle to send food for their children, these purchases have taken fiscal resources away from other areas of educational need.
The WBFB has designed a snack attack hamper for each of the 13 schools that meets the requirements as outlined by AHS. These hampers will be delivered to each of the 13 schools along with a tracking request and an inventory form. Each school will disperse the tracking request forms to all staff within the school, designate one staff as the point of contact at the school that will be responsible for inventory and requesting replenishment. When the inventory is such that replenishment is needed, the contact person will fax the inventory sheet to WBFB. The WBFB staff will deliver a new hamper within 3 business days of receiving that request. There will be a box attached to each hamper where tracking request forms will be deposited upon taking each snack.
In an effort to support this program the public school board schools who are receiving this program have offered to place collection bins in the school with a reminder that they are for healthy snacks to put toward the program so that families who can afford will donate some of the acceptable snacks for this program.
SNACK ATTACK – FATHER R PERIN JANVIER
The Food Bank’s Snack Attack Program is a program designed to address the increasing need for snacks in our schools for children and youth who come to school hungry. This program will provide a choice of health snacks as approved by Alberta Health Services.
Rural Schools indicate an even higher rate of hunger in children and higher rate of poverty and food insecurity for families as a whole. The Rural SAP is designed to assist schools in providing A snacks a day 5 days a week for every child in the school and Headstart program. This program was only made possible due to the financial contribution of Saipem Canada Inc.
Community Crisis Support
The WBFB chairs the Food Services Committee of the RMWB Emergency Social Services Unit of the RMWB Emergency Management Department. In their roll the as a first responder the WBFB provides staffing to ensure reception centers and group lodging site, where victims of local disasters, emergencies, and evacuations are hosted or housed during the emergency situations, have food and that food safety standards are followed in accordance with public health legislation.
Additionally the WBFB provides food hampers for those who have been displaced and secured new housing after a disaster, these hampers are considered start up hampers and have additional items such as cleaning supplies and any household items the food bank has to offer at the time.
The Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Program is unique and progressive because we directly address geographically isolated low-income communities where residents experience chronic hunger and food insecurity. The Mobile Pantry Program was established to assist low-income individuals and families who live in rural communities within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), where residents have little or no access to transportation and/or where there might be no full-service grocery stores within reasonable walking distance.
While the non-profit and government agencies that serve these areas are able to pre-screen potential participants for eligibility so that the WBFB can provide services, these agencies often lack the infrastructure and resources (space, large volunteer force, etc.) needed to handle the actual food distributions. In response, the WBFB will establish the MPP where pre-assembled hampers will be delivered to a designated community sites via a Food Bank Vehicle and Food Bank staff. The Food Bank staff will then distribute the hampers based on pre-screened applications.
Because the Food Bank has a powerful volunteer force, we are able to sort food, assemble boxes, and manage the distribution logistics. In some cases, the Food Bank is able to tailor the Mobile Pantry food items to meet the cultural and special dietary needs of the communities it serves. The rural communities will be asked to provide local volunteers to assist with the distribution of food in each rural community.
Food Bank hampers are pre-packaged to allow families 30 days’ worth of food. Each hamper follows a list that may be varied based on special diets, availability of products at the food bank, and time of year.
To register for the Mobile Pantry program, or for more information, please contact Mike at email@example.com or 780-743-1125 ext.226.
**Due to unexpected events dates may be subject to change – Please call ahead to double check.
Emergency Hamper Partnerships
The WBFB provides emergency 3 days hampers to organizations within the RMWB, who serve clients during weekends and holidays who need food bank support. These hampers provide enough food to get a small family through the weekend until they can contact the food bank when it opens the following week.
Basic Shelf Program
The Basic Shelf Program is a 6-week series of workshops combining nutrition, cooking, shopping, and basic financial literacy. These classes are taught weekly, to small groups, by a licenced facilitator, both at the Food Bank and in other community locations.
This program is in response to the fact that intermittent food insecurity, resulting from poverty, mental/physical health issues, addictions, and lack of knowledge or skills can present real challenges for our clients.
The Basic Shelf program is premised on the idea of a “Basic Shelf” of grocery items, which are nutritious and affordable. The program cookbook is comprised of recipes using these ingredients, and at each class participants are taught how to prepare several of the recipes. Lesson topics include food safety, basic nutrition, shopping skills, food preparation and eating well on a budget.
The Financial Literacy program is designed to increase participants’ basic financial management skills, with a focus on increasing confidence and self-esteem. Workshop topics include: Assets, Budgeting, Banking, Credit & Consumerism. Clients are encouraged to identify their assets (personal, social, human, physical & financial); learn how to manage their finances (Instead of asking where your money has gone, learn to tell it where to go!); and are taught how to recognize the effects advertising and become wise, informed consumers.
This program is based on an asset-building approach to poverty reduction. Everyone has assets on which to build and that strengthening a number of asset areas can enable people to not just get by, but to actually get ahead. As individuals living on low-incomes increase their assets, they increase their ability to actively engage in the economy. The accumulation of assets becomes a powerful tool to avoid and/or escape poverty, build personal resilience and increase economic self-sufficiency.
Upon graduation from the program participants receive a Basic Shelf Food Hamper, and a kitchen equipment kit containing all of the basic cooking items—such as pots, pans, bakeware, mixing bowls, cooking utensils, measuring tools, knives, cutting boards, etc.—so they are fully equipped to utilize the skills they have learned in the program.
**You MUST be registered to attend class. Please call ahead for times and registration.
Slow Cooker Program
This flexible program will assist low-income clients learn to successfully prepare healthful, low-cost meals for themselves and/or their families. The Slow Cooker Program facilitates healthy social interactions, increased self-esteem, and promotes positive behavior changes leading to increased food security. The Slow Cooker Program encourages people to try new recipes, and a new or forgotten method of cooking.
The Slow Cooker Program runs for six weeks. Each participant is encouraged to attend all classes. Each participant is given a slow cooker at the first class. In each class that the participant attends they are given a gift certificate specifically designated to purchase the protein portion of the meal; they also receive all the ingredients for the recipe—which they prepare together as a group, while discussing the nutritional value of the recipe, as well as any alterations &/or possible additions. The participants thus take home all the ingredients necessary to prepare the weekly recipe for themselves and/or their families. At the end of the program we will have a potluck meal.
The Slow Cooker Program is unique because it can be tailored to suit many demographics: Seniors, Low Income Families, Single Parents, Pregnant & New Moms, Housing First clients, Clients facing health issues, different ethnic groups. Participants are given the education, demonstrations, supports, and ingredients to successfully prepare healthful, low-cost meals for themselves and/or their families in a food-safe manner.
The Slow Cooker Program provides a group program in which new social support networks can develop; provides an environment for reciprocity of information and ideas during discussions; facilitates increased self-esteem so participants are better able to cope with some of the stressors that affect people with low incomes, and offers increased self-efficacy that promotes positive behaviour changes leading to increased food security.
**You MUST be registered to attend class. Please call ahead for times and registration.