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Volunteer Ann Kendall checks on supplies at the County of Lamont Food Bank.

Food banks expect surge as pandemic’s impact takes a toll

Government support has greatly helped, but making ends meet is getting tougher for many families

Reading Time: 3 minutes As the pandemic grinds on, food banks in Alberta are expecting a sharp rise in people needing help. They’re already seeing it in Lamont. The food bank in the town of 1,800 normally assists six to eight people, and their families, a week, said Colette McBride, a volunteer and chair of the County of Lamont […] Read more

BASF donation welcomed as food bank use increases

BASF donation welcomed as food bank use increases

Reading Time: < 1 minute Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger campaign got a boost from BASF Canada with a donation of 100,000 meals. “Now more than ever, our communities need our help,” said Jonathan Sweat, vice-president, Business Management, Agricultural Solutions for BASF Canada. “While a lot has changed in 2020, hunger hasn’t.” There are more than a million visits […] Read more


Officials at the Aug. 13, 2020 rollout of the federal surplus food program included (l-r) Julie Marchand of Food Banks of Quebec, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Claude Dulude of Nutri Group, Marie-Jose Mastromonaco of Second Harvest, Tania Little of Food Banks Canada and Serge Lefebvre of Nutri Group. (Photo courtesy Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Feds line up projects for surplus food program

NGOs backed to gather, distribute 12 million kg of food

The federal government has lined up eight projects to source and distribute perishable produce, meat, eggs and seafood piling up across Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the federal pandemic response, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in early May that Ottawa would budget $50 million for a food surplus purchase program. The […] Read more

File photo of 10-pound sacks of potatoes loaded on pallets at a Canadian distribution centre. (PierreDesrosiers/iStock/Getty Images)

Federal surplus food program now taking applications

Qualified NGOs sought to move, distribute perishables to 'populations in need'

A federal program to get food to those who need it, using stockpiles of perishables created by the COVID-19-related shutdown of the dining sector, is now taking applications. The $50 million Surplus Food Rescue Program — which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telegraphed in a funding announcement May 5 — will take applications from “organizations addressing […] Read more


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Details on federal food surplus program expected in ‘days’

Ottawa already at work with businesses, minister says

Ottawa — Detailed plans of the federal government’s food buyback program are expected soon, according to Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. Ottawa tabbed $50 million of its COVID-19 response funds for agriculture to buy surplus food from farmers and redistribute it to communities in need. The challenge Bibeau and her federal colleagues are faced with is […] Read more

4-H online auctions to help charities and food banks

4-H online auctions to help charities and food banks

Reading Time: < 1 minute Albertans are invited to support local charities, and uplift 4-H members as they complete their livestock projects in new online ways. From now through June 30, there will be 77 sales where 4-H members will be showcasing and offering steers, lambs, hogs and/or goats for purchase. There are 24 charity projects — 22 steers and two […] Read more


Big support seen for 2019 food bank campaign

Big support seen for 2019 food bank campaign

Reading Time: < 1 minute Enough food was donated during Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger campaign to provide more than 16 million meals for rural food banks. During the campaign, held in October and now in its 16th year, FCC teams drive tractors through various communities to collect food and donations. “The annual food drive goes a long way […] Read more

The shelves have been restocked at the Mayerthorpe Food Bank following a recent Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger event. But they will soon be empty because there are more families and individuals needing assistance.

The need keeps growing for rural Alberta food banks

Reading Time: 3 minutes Times have been tough in Alberta, and that’s been obvious to volunteers at the Mayerthorpe Food Bank. There are just over 500 homes in the town but in many, it’s a struggle to put food on the table. “We serve about an average of 14 families a week,” said Tammy-Lee Gilroy, the food bank’s administrator. […] Read more


What are perceived as imperfections by some in fruits and vegetables, results in global losses as much as 50 per cent of the total grown.

When it comes to food waste, the system is broken

An astonishing amount of food spoils or is thrown out — it’s time to take action

Reading Time: 3 minutes Between my home and the Victoria airport is a big sign urging “Let’s reduce food waste.” If you are reading this column from your farm table, you may already be an expert at the preservation of food and the use of leftovers. Typically, we eat all we grow on the farm. In the store however, […] Read more

Food bank volunteer organize food donations

Drive Away Hunger food drive surpasses target

Reading Time: < 1 minute Farm Credit Canada’s annual Drive Away Hunger initiative has provided more than 9.5 million meals for food banks and feeding programs nationwide. To mark the 15th anniversary of the program, teams drove tractors through various communities to collect food and donations for 15 days this fall. The effort in Alberta generated more than 570,000 meals. […] Read more