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Edmonton’s Food Bank: Edmonton Gleaners Association

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Add Edmonton’s Food Bank to your will to connect your passion to our mission.

“A society grows great when old men [and women] plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit.” ~Greek proverb

Our mission is “To be stewards in the collection of surplus and donated food for the effective distribution, free of charge, to people in need in our community while seeking solutions to the causes of hunger.” We envision of a community where hunger does not exist, where all citizens have access to an adequate and nutritious supply of food.

Edmonton’s Food Bank is a central warehouse and food distribution network for more than 300 agencies, churches, schools, shelters, and food depots. These partners provide over 400,000 meals monthly through soup kitchens, shelters, schools and afterschool programs, and community meals. We also directly support over 30,000 individuals monthly who are food insecure with hampers. Though the numbers are staggering, behind each one is a person whether it’s a parent, a child, a grandparent, a co-worker, or a friend. Regardless, they are our neighbours.


Our Impact

Because of donors like you, in 2022 Edmonton’s Food Bank …

  • collected, sorted, and repackaged about 5.9 million kilograms of food valued at about$35,000,000. Between 60% to 80% of the food we distribute was salvaged (gleaned) from grocery stores, warehouses, farmers, and other food suppliers.
  • responded to as many as 700 calls in one day. On average, they receive 562 calls and 68 emails per day from people requesting food. As a result, the Food Bank provides food to over 30,000 people per month through our hamper programs; almost 40% are children under the age of 18.
  • fleet travelled 227,931 kilometers in 2022 picking up and distributing food; that’s equivalent to travelling the entire TransCanada highway, west to east, 24 times!
  • Beyond Food Program offers services in budgeting, resume writing, obtaining safety tickets, and more. In 2022, Beyond Food assisted 854 clients and helped pay for 523 safety tickets for individuals, creating more employment opportunities for them.


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Legal Name

Edmonton Gleaners Association

Charity Number

129185310 RR0001

How your gift will be used

Your legacy can be a gift in your Will to feed our neighbours and people like Marsha: 

My name is Marsha. My husband and I recently needed to start using the Food Bank services. Like most Edmontonians, I have donated food to the Food Bank numerous times during my life. Never in a million years did I think I would ever be a Food Bank recipient, but here we are.

As I’m sure you know, it is such a humbling experience to receive the generous gifts from the Food Bank, but I didn’t realize how badly we were doing. To actually have some fresh vegetables – spinach, lettuce, peppers, green onion, and even mushrooms! What an absolute luxury. Our fridge and cupboards have been almost bare for so long and we have been living off of plain pasta and ground beef, basically.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I am so thankful and beyond grateful. I can’t believe it’s gotten this bad but I will be eternally grateful.

Thank you so much to you and the Food Bank team and all the generous Edmontonians.  Keep rocking on!  

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