We've always made an effort to give back to the communities we serve from Sea to Sea, and to celebrate 40 Years in Business, we wanted to do something truly special. But how could we make the biggest impact during a pandemic?
We asked our staff that questions, and they voted overwhelmingly to support food security across the country.
In our #40FoodBanks campaign, T&T Power Group distributed $40,000 to 40 Foodbanks nominated by our staff across Canada.
Follow our journey below...
St. John's, Newfoundland
The Community Food Sharing Association (CFSA) in St. John’s serves as the central point for food distribution for the hungry throughout the province, collecting and distributing through 55 food banks to 10,700 children, women and men.cfsa.nf.net
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador
The price of groceries in Happy Valley-Goose Bay is outrageous, and the quality is poor. The LFC provides a monthly emergency food service, as well as other vital initiatives to enrich the lives of the Inuit, Innu and Metis of Labrador.lfchvgb.ca
York Region, Ontario
The "Coldest Night of the Year" fundraiser isn't a food bank, but we decided to make it Stop #3 thanks to a passionate request from our Hamilton Service Manager Kristi. She hopes that this amazing cause can bring a little light on these dark times!cnoy.org
Our local Branch Manager Darwin nominated the Saskatoon Food Bank. They provide 2 to 3 days of emergency food for anyone in the area, and Darwin was able to make the donation safely in person. He hopes $1,000 will have a real impact on his local community.saskatoonfoodbank.org
The Whitehorse Food Bank is a community-based organization that provides emergency food hampers to as many as 1900 people a month, 30% of whom are children. Since opening in May 2009, they have helped more than 7000 people - roughly 1/4 of the City.whitehorsefoodbank.ca
Thanks to Bill Batkis from our Winnipeg team, Agape Table is Stop 6 in our campaign. Meaning unconditional love, Agape is committed to providing a community-based program, nourishing the body, mind, and spirit of the city's most vulnerable people.agapetable.ca
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Food security is a big challenge in the North, only made worse by the pandemic. For Stop 7 we're supporting the Salvation Army in Yellowknife, who have doubled the frequency of food hampers to twice monthly in an effort to meet the increased demand.
Quebec City, Quebec
Annually, Moisson Quebec redistributes more than 3,298,982 kilos of food, a market value of $21,118,562. Through 125 accredited organizations spread across the greater Quebec City region, they supply more than 35,400 people each month.
Fort Nelson, BC
A keystone in the Northern BC community, the Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society has grown over the past four decades, and now boasts two floors in a large center on 49th Avenue. Programming addresses all aspects of health, including food security, mental health, and addictions.
Not far from our Moncton branch, the Peter McKee Community Food Centre provides a variety of necessary services in addition to operating a traditional foodbank. These include a community garden, teaching kitchen, community boardroom and educational programs.
Red Deer, AB
The Red Deer Food Bank is a 37-year-old organization that provides emergency food supply to more than 7000 people each year. They also support twenty rural food banks as a hub distribution centre in the Food Bank Network, and provide food stocks to 30 community agencies in Central Alberta.
As a community partner with Greater Vancouver Food Bank, the Aboriginal Front Door Society serves 300 meals a day to at risk folk in Vancouver's Downtown East Side. They also address addictions, dependencies, and other issues in a holistic manner using Aboriginal teachings.
At the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, innovative initiatives like their Their Fresh Approaches Food program integrate food recovery, procurement, and distribution to ensure more than 30,000 people have access to a variety of fresh, frozen, and non-perishable food items.
Wood Buffalo, AB
From their new home in Downtown Fort McMurray, the Wood Buffalo Food Bank has simple vision: "Feeding Wood Buffalo." In addition to the Covid-19 pandemic, the cause of local food insecurity includes spectacular natural disasters like the 2016 fire and the 2020 flood.
North Bay, ON
The North Bay Food Bank has been serving the North Bay community since 1987. Today, they assist approximately 800-1000 people each month – 27 percent of whom are children. In the words of Jake Englehart, “No one need pass here hungry”.
Thunder Bay, ON
The Regional Food Distribution Association (RFDA) of Thunder Bay has goals to create a reliable and equitable emergency food delivery system throughout the region, and to promote the universal right to access a sustainable supply of healthy and culturally appropriate food.
Comptoir Alimentaire L'Escale serves the Baie-Comeau Community of around 30 000 people. They receive 150 monthly requests for food aid, compared to 70 two years ago, and provide food assistance to around 1,500 adult people (450 children) each year.
Feed Nova Scotia's mission is to increase food security through distribution, education and collaboration. To achieve this, they distribute almost 2 million kilograms of donated food to their member network of 140 food banks and meal programs across the province.
Known as the "Hub of the North," Thompson is the largest city in the Northern Region of Manitoba. From this important location the Thompson Corps of the Salvation Army provides food assistance among other services to those living in Manitoba's Northern regions.
Prince George, BC
Often called the 'Northern Capital' of BC, Prince George is the long time home of one of our Panel Shops. Our local staff nominated the local foodbank operated by the Salvation Army, hoping the funds will have a direct impact on their local community.
The Calgary Food Bank relieves food insecurity and provides support for clients who are experiencing emergency situations. They rely on more than 120,000 volunteer hours to meet the needs of around 200,000 visits each year and distribute around 100,000 hampers.
The Windsor Essex Food Bank Association is a community based organization of 15 local food banks. Together they have collectively enhanced their ability to reach thousands of individuals and families in Windsor and Essex County who need emergency food supplies.
Moisson Montréal gathers food donations and basic products all year long, and distributes them to community organizations on the Island of Montréal. Their network fulfills more than 714,000 requests for food aid each month, making them the largest food bank in Canada.
The Upper Room is a large, bright space where staff and volunteers collect and organize food for distribution to individuals and families. The Food Bank gives out food hampers three times a week to those who need a little extra to get through the month.
Queen Charlotte, BC
Islands Wellness Society (IWS) started in 1983 by a small group of women on Haida Gwaii to address the main issues that they were facing at the time. IWS adopted the local food bank in 2013 with the simple mission to "Feed the People," and now distribute food each month.
Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre (QCFC) is a hub of food culture in Iqaluit, where food costs are over double the national average. QCFC works to improve food access, food skills, and advocacy in Iqaluit and Nunavut as a whole, one meal at a time.
The food hamper program in Cochrane is operated by the Cochrane Activettes Club, who have been helping the Community with this program since 1995. Many Cochrane and area residents have participated with the Cochrane Activettes to bring the food hamper program to the community.
Prince Albert, SK
The Prince Albert Food Bank seeks to support the local community with a focus on families and children, through food security and education initiatives in a dignified and respectful manner. They are also a pet-friendly 'winter warm-up' shelter, providing pet food, coats and other supplies.
The Partners in Mission Foodbank envision a community where everyone has access to adequate nutritious food and an atmosphere of respect and compassion. Their mission is to provide nourishment, hope and support in our community with an opportunity for all to share.
In Saskatchewan, more than one in ten households and 19 per cent of children experience food insecurity. Since Regina Food Bank’s founding in 1982, they have evolved from a short-term solution to a key partner in Regina’s ongoing fight against food insecurity.
Flin Flon, MB
Lord’s Bounty Food Bank is community action IN action. An inspiring food bank located in Flin Flon, MB, Lord’s Bounty Food Bank has long been dedicated to combatting hunger suffered by families in the community through its wonderful monthly food drive initiatives.
Located in Val-d'Or, QC, French-speaking Le Centre de Bénévolat de la Vallée-de-l’Or is a non-profit community food bank organization that aims to help improve the quality of life of the entire community, with a special focus on the elderly and the disadvantaged.
Through community support, Edmonton’s Food Bank proudly provides food for over 21,000 food-scare people each month. And each day, they’re helping to create a community where no one goes hungry - encouraging the community to contribute gifts of food, time & money to help make a difference.
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
With help from many incredible volunteers, the Salvation Army operates a food bank at 78 Elgin Street located in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, ON - and each day, they’re helping to squash community hunger with their abundance of amazing food donation campaigns.
About 200km from the Arctic Circle, and inaccessible by road for parts of the year, Innuvik is truly one of Canada's remote towns. The local food bank serves 50-60 households and will help anyone in need without question.
Labrador City, NL
The Labrador West Ministerial Association and Food Bank aims to serve the community in a number of exciting ways through its many rewarding charitable programs and drives - including accepting generous food donations for members of the community in need.
Located on Leathorne Street in London, ON, the London & Area Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable org. with a mission to help a generous community share its food resources. From donating food to volunteering & hosting food drives, London encourages the community to help however they can.
Dawson City, YT
Located at 1254 Fifth Avenue in Dawson, YT and under the direction of the Dawson Community Chapel, the Dawson Food Bank believes not one soul should ever go hungry and aims to provide short-term relief for those who need food, regardless of ethnicity or religion.
Fort St John, BC
Located in the heart of Fort St. John BC and operated through partnerships with local businesses, other social profit agencies, and the generous support of its community members, The Salvation Army’s Fort St John location strives to meet the needs of everyone who walks through its doors.
Just a few minutes from our Head Office, the Wilmot Family Resource Centre provides emergency support to the Wilmot and Wellesley Townships. Their Holiday Hamper Program matches community sponsors with an individual or family in need, bringing relief and some good cheer at a difficult time of year.