403-651-6629

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

WE HAVE 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.

A Message to the Community

Monday March 23 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

A message to our Community

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

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

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!

Hours of Operation

Need Help

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

  • Canned meat/fish

  • Canned vegetables

  • Canned fruit

What's Cooking?

The Okotoks Food Bank needs your great recipes for their cookbook project

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 #: 890405376RR0001

 

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