403-651-6629

#120, 220 Stockton Avenue
Okotoks, AB T1S 2C3

We Haved Moved!

For all our clients, volunteers and donors, please be aware that we will be operating out of our new location, effective Tuesday March 31, 2020. Our phone number and email address have remained the same: 403-651-6629 and info@okotoksfoodbank.ca

You can now find us at: Unit 120, 220 Stockton Avenue. Update those address books! For any questions, please contact the Executive Director, Pamela McLean, at director@okotoksfoodbank.ca or 587-585-1753.

COVID-19 Update
How to help the Okotoks Foodbank during the COVID-19 Pandemic

We have been asked by many in our community how best to help the Foodbank during this period of crisis. Here are a couple of suggestions that would be of great use to our clients over the next few months:

  • Sponsor a family in need by covering the cost of a monthly food hamper. Family sizes range from 1-3 ($125 per month), 4-6 ($150 per month) and 6+ ($175 per month). You choose the size of family you wish to support and how long you would like to offer this support. Payment can be made online at Canada Helps (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/48076), mailed to us (PO Box 942, Okotoks, AB T1S 1B1) or hand-delivered to our Administration Office (Unit 120, 220 Stockton Avenue).
  • Monetary donations can be made as noted above, i.e. online via Canada Helps, mailed via Canada Post, or hand-delivered to our Administration Office.
  • Food donations can be dropped off at any of the local grocery stores in the designated Foodbank bins, or delivered to the Okotoks Foodbank Warehouse, (Unit 114, 220 Stockton Avenue). Every Wednesday, we post on our website and social media sites (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) the most needed items of the week (#whatsneededwednesdays). Please note that donors are currently not permitted to enter the Okotoks Foodbank Warehouse – we have shopping carts placed in front of the Foodbank which are emptied throughout the day.
  • Community Food Drives are highly discouraged at this point in time due to the need forheightened safety protocols and social distancing parameters.

Thank you for your help with all of this, Okotoks Community. We need you more than ever right now.

A Message to the Community

COVID-19 Pandemic Update, June 1, 2020 – Community Update

The month of June has arrived and we have positive news to share. Given how well the province is coping with the gradual easing of health and safety restrictions, we have decided to ease up on some of our current safety protocols. The most noticeable change will be with our Help Yourself Shelf program. Starting on Tuesday June 2, we will begin to allow clients into the facility to make their own food selections, provided they follow the enforced safety protocols of: two clients at a time, 2 metre social distancing, 10-minute visitation, etc. If you wish to know more of the specific safety protocols in place around this program, contact us for greater detail.

The current format of the Hamper distribution program will remain in place for the month of June. Mid-month, we will be reaching out to past Hamper Team Leaders to discuss the suitability of reviving the weekly hamper distribution schedule with the various church groups. These conversations will also be influenced by the provincial and health parameters in place at that time.

The Many Hands Soup Program will remain on hiatus over the summer months, as will the Fresh Food of the Month Program. On a happier note, our Community Learning Garden has been planted and we are working closely with the HOC to ensure compliance.

For volunteers who are considering resuming their work at the Foodbank, we are now at a point in time to be comfortable bringing a few more volunteers back on site.
We are excited to be making these small steps back towards normalcy and so looking forward to sharing our new warehouse with the clients and volunteers again!

Kind regards,

Pamela and the Okotoks Foodbank Team


May 4 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

What with the weather finally starting to feel like Spring, and the relaxing of some of the provincial regulations and practices, there is a noticeable uplift in people’s moods. So much so, that we have been receiving questions as to whether we might be considering loosening some of our own current safety protocol restrictions. Unfortunately, the answer is NO. As heartening as it is to see the small changes in our province, we feel it prudent to maintain our current operating procedures for this month. That means, we will continue to limit the number of volunteers on a daily basis, the doors will remain locked, and clients will not be permitted to enter the facility.

We will be closely following the results of the relaxing of certain regulations this month throughout the province, and will re-evaluate our safety protocols and operating procedures at the beginning of June.

Kind regards,

Pamela and the Okotoks Foodbank Team


Monday March 23 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

As we all struggle to deal with the novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we want to let you know the measures the Okotoks Foodbank has implemented in order to keep you as safe as we can. Effective March 12, staff, volunteers and clients began to wear gloves for all tasks performed at the Foodbank. Staff at the Foodbank participate in regular cleaning of highly used surfaces (counters, doorknobs, work tables, etc.) throughout the day, on top of the professional cleaning services we receive each week. The advised schedule is to clean surfaces every hour we are in operation.

A big thank you to the community members contemplating food drives to help us during this stressful time. We ask that you conduct a food drive in as people-safe and food-safe manner as possible. Please contact us with any questions you might have around current safety standards.

We have a special request around donations to the Okotoks Foodbank for the foreseeable future. If possible, please bring your donations to us from Monday to Friday, between the times of 10 am – 1 pm, to ensure we have enough staff and/or volunteers to accept the donation. Grocery carts have been placed close to the Foodbank’s entrances, clearly marked with signage indicating donations are to be placed in the carts.

Concerning food distribution to our clients, we regrettably will not be permitting general access to our shelves for the time being. Bags of food will be prepared beforehand and distributed to Help Yourself Shelf clients outside of the front door entrance. The number of bags has been reduced from three to two to help deal with the current demand for food. Clients are also currently being limited to making use of this program twice a week. Clients arriving for the Help Yourself Shelf program are asked to leave a two-metre distance between each other.

For clients receiving a food hamper, the individual will be asked to make their food selections over the phone and wait in their vehicles for the hamper to be brought to them. To make a hamper appointment, calling the office is preferred over a drop-in visit (403-651-6629) or email info@okotoksfoodbank.ca. Please note that clients are now limited to one hamper per month. The Hamper preparation teams have been reduced to three volunteers per shift in order to ensure the two-metre social distancing protocol is followed.

The April and May ‘Many Hands Soup’ sessions have been cancelled. Our team has embraced the new mantra of: Level Head, Clean Hands and Open Heart. It’s who we are and who we know you are, too. If you have questions, or wish to discuss your concerns directly, please call me at 587-585-1753 or email, director@okotoksfoodbank.ca.

Kind regards,

Pamela and The Okotoks Foodbank Team

A Message to our Clients

COVID-19 Pandemic Update, June 1, 2020 – Client Update

The month of June has arrived and we have positive news to share. Given how well the province is coping with the gradual easing of health and safety restrictions, we have decided to ease up on some of our current safety protocols. The most noticeable change will be with our Help Yourself Shelf program. Starting on Tuesday June 2, we will begin to allow clients into the facility to make their own food selections, provided they follow the enforced safety protocols. For those clients who are uncomfortable with this, we will continue to offer the options of either prepacked food and/or the HYS online form.

Safety protocols to be followed include:

  • Entry limited to two clients at a time; clients waiting for entry will be spaced 2 metres apart
  • Clients’ hands are sanitized at entrance
  • Masks will not be provided – clients are encouraged to bring their own non-medical mask (Foodbank staff will be wearing PPE)
  • Social distancing of 2 metres will be maintained between clients and Foodbank staff
  • Visits to the Help Yourself Shelves will be limited to 10 minutes
  • Shopping baskets (on wheels) will now be used in place of bags
  • Clients will make their food selections and a Foodbank staff member will place the items in the carts
  • Clients will wheel the shopping basket to their vehicle and remove food items there; the shopping basket will be returned to the entrance of the Foodbank
  • After each 10-minute session, the Foodbank door will be locked to allow for sanitization of the area and the shopping baskets (approx. 5 minutes)
  • Access to washroom facilities is not permitted at this time

The current format of the Hamper distribution program will remain in place for the month of June.

The Many Hands Soup Program will remain on hiatus over the summer months, as will the Fresh Food of the Month Program. On a happier note, our Community Learning Garden has been planted and we are working closely with the HOC to ensure compliance.

We are excited to be making these small steps back towards normalcy and so looking forward to sharing our new warehouse with the clients again!

Kind regards,

Pamela and the Okotoks Foodbank Team


Monday March 23 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

A message to our Clients

As anticipated, we are required to implement tighter measures around access to the Foodbank and Foodbank programs. For now, the current operating hours will remain the same. Please check our website each week to learn of any changes.

Concerning food distribution to our clients, we regrettably will not be permitting general access to our shelves for the time being. Bags of food will be prepared beforehand and distributed to Help Yourself Shelf clients outside of the front door entrance. The number of bags has been reduced from three to two to help deal with the current demand for food. Clients are also currently being limited to making use of this program twice a week. Clients arriving for the Help Yourself Shelf program are asked to leave a two-metre distance between each other.

For clients receiving a food hamper, the individual will be asked to make their food selections over the phone and wait in their vehicles for the hamper to be brought to them. To make a hamper appointment, calling the office is preferred over a drop-in visit (403-651-6629) or email info@okotoksfoodbank.ca. Please note that clients are now limited to one hamper per month. Protocols set in place during the week of March 9, i.e.: wearing of gloves by staff, volunteers and clients, hourly sanitizing of work surfaces by staff, will continue. Please help us protect your health by alerting us if you are sick before visiting the Foodbank. We will arrange for food to be delivered to you in such cases.

Our team has embraced the new mantra of: Level Head, Clean Hands and Open Heart. It’s who we are and we trust that you will understand and respect these new methods of food distribution for the next undefined period.

If you have questions, or wish to discuss your concerns directly, please call us at 403-651-6629 or email, info@okotoksfoodbank.ca.

Kind regards,

Pamela and The Okotoks Foodbank Team

A Message to our Volunteers

COVID-19 Pandemic Update, June 1, 2020 – Volunteer Update

The month of June has arrived and we have positive news to share. Given how well the province is coping with the gradual easing of health and safety restrictions, we have decided to ease up on some of our current safety protocols. The most noticeable change will be with our Help Yourself Shelf Program. Starting on Tuesday June 2, we will begin to allow clients into the facility to make their own food selections, provided they follow the enforced safety protocols of: two clients at a time, 2 metre social distancing, 10-minute visitation, etc. If you wish to know more of the specific safety protocols in place around this program, contact us for greater detail.

The current format of the Hamper Distribution Program will remain in place for the month of June. Mid-month, we will be reaching out to past Hamper Team Leaders to discuss the suitability of reviving the weekly hamper distribution schedule with the various church groups. These conversations will also be influenced by the provincial and health parameters in place at that time.

The Many Hands Soup Program will remain on hiatus over the summer months, as will the Fresh Food of the Month Program. On a happier note, our Community Learning Garden has been planted and we are working closely with the HOC to ensure compliance.

For volunteers who are considering resuming their work at the Foodbank, we are now at a point in time to be comfortable bringing a few more volunteers back on site. Here are the specific areas that we need help with for the month of June:

  • Tuesdays, 1-3 pm, Help Yourself Shelf volunteer
  • Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30 pm, Help Yourself Shelf volunteer
  • Thursdays, 6-8 pm, Help Yourself Shelf volunteer
  • Fridays, 12-2 pm, Help Yourself Shelf volunteer
  • Pet food bagging Volunteers – will accommodate your schedule, provided safety protocols and social distancing measures can be followed
  • General Warehouse Volunteers (sorting, shelving, weighing, etc.) – will accommodate your schedule, provided safety protocols and social distancing measures can be followed
  • Community Garden Volunteers (watering, weeding, harvesting) – will accommodate your schedule, provided safety protocols and social distancing measures can be followed
  • Compost Team Volunteers – to continue to improve our environmental footprint, we want to establish a team of volunteers dedicated to composting our unusable items, once or twice a week – will accommodate your schedule, provided safety protocols and social distancing measures can be followed

We are excited to be making these small steps back towards normalcy and so looking forward to seeing some more of our wonderful volunteers again!

Kind regards,

Pamela and the Okotoks Foodbank Team


Monday March 23 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

A message to our Volunteers

As anticipated, we are required to implement tighter measures around access to the Foodbank and Foodbank programs. For now, the current operating hours will remain the same for the clients. Concerning our volunteers, however, we would like to see a decrease in the number of volunteers and hours over the next few months to ensure your safety. For any volunteer who has:

  • Pre-existing health conditions
  • Weakened immune system
  • Existing heart/lung conditions
  • Travelled in the last two weeks
  • Cold/flu-like symptoms,

We ask that you refrain from volunteering at the Foodbank for the foreseeable future. We are currently reviewing volunteer schedules and will revise as needed. This may take the form of staggering volunteer hours throughout the day or physical separation between volunteers throughout the facility.

Concerning food distribution to our clients, we regrettably will not be permitting general access to our shelves for the time being. Bags of food will be prepared beforehand and distributed to Help Yourself Shelf clients outside of the front door entrance. Hamper clients will be asked to make their food selections over the phone and wait in their vehicles for the hamper to be brought to them. The Hamper preparation teams have been reduced to three volunteers per shift in order to ensure the two-metre social distancing protocol is followed.

The April and May ‘Many Hands Soup’ sessions have been cancelled.

Protocols already set in place re: wearing of gloves, hourly sanitizing of work surfaces, will continue. Our team has embraced the new mantra of: Level Head, Clean Hands and Open Heart. It’s who we are and who we know you are, too.

If you have questions, or wish to discuss your concerns directly, please call me at 587-585-1753 or email, director@okotoksfoodbank.ca.

Kind regards,

Pamela and The Okotoks Foodbank Team

Okotoks Food Bank Association

Welcome to the Okotoks Food Bank.

The Okotoks Food Bank has been serving families since 1985. We’re a primarily volunteer run organization governed by a Board of Directors and managed by a paid Executive Director.

We provide fresh produce, eggs, margarine, frozen meat and vegetables, non-perishable food items, bread and milk cards. We also provide non-food and personal care items as available.

We are a registered charity under the Societies Act and provide tax receipts to donors. We are supported by nine ministerial churches. We receive support of food and monetary donations from Food Drives, Fundraisers and donations from individuals and businesses.

Choose one of the options above to find out more information, whether you need a hand, or would like to lend a hand.

Our amazing volunteers here at the Okotoks Food Bank are the heart & soul of our organization. They give 100+ hours each and every week to ensure food donations are picked up, donations are sorted & re-bagged, shelves are stocked, and hampers are packed.

They help guide and steer us in the right direction, act as wonderful ambassadors for us at events, brave the cold to distribute Christmas Hampers and so much more.

Thank you for your amazing hearts! We could not care for our families without you and we are truly blessed to know each and every one of you. You make our hearts full!

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Changes to the Help Yourself Shelves Program
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Help Yourself Shelves
Walk in

Monday : CLOSED
Tuesday: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Thursday: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Friday: noon – 4:00 pm

Hamper Pick Up
By appointment only

Tuesday: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
and every third Saturday
of the month by appointment.

Give Help

Donation Drop-Off Hours:

Monday: 12:00 – 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 – 6:30 pm
Thursdays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 6 – 8:30 pm
Friday: 12:00 – 4:30 pm

Urgently Needed Items

Pasta Sauce
Pasta
Kraft Dinner
Baked Beans
Canned meat/fish

Call Us or Visit Us
Ph: 403-651-6629
Unit 120, 220 Stockton Avenue, AB T1S 2C3
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 942 - Okotoks, AB T1S 1B1

Charitable #: 89045376RR0001

 

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