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5 Loaves 2 Fish food sharing program

Food Sharing Program In Calgary Helps Stretch Food Dollars


On the first Monday of each month, Carolyn Jonsson, Manager for Adult Education at Community Services Calgary, heads to the wholesaler to do some grocery shopping. Carolyn isn’t shopping for herself or her own family, she is shopping for 30-50 people who have signed up for the 5 Loaves & 2 Fish program at the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre.

5 Loaves & 2 Fish is a food-sharing program that allows individuals and families to enjoy the financial benefits of bulk-buying. […]

Women's Outreach volunteers, Carol and Giselle.

Street Outreach Program In Edmonton Helps Vulnerable Women


Four female volunteers stock a van with clothes, blankets, water, and bag lunches as they get ready to head out for a shift with The Salvation Army Crossroads Community Church Women’s Outreach program. From 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. they’ll drive the van along a route in Edmonton’s inner city watching for women out on the streets who flag them down needing food, clothing, or just a safe place to warm up and talk. On this unusually mild January night, […]


Woman Finds Meaning Volunteering While Homeless


Originally from Namibia, Hileni moved to Edmonton from Toronto in April 2015 in search of a better life. Things didn’t go her way right away, and Hileni found herself living in a women’s shelter downtown. While living there, she would often visit The Salvation Army’s nearby Community & Family Services for a hot meal.

"One day I said to myself – why can't I do something to help other people?" says Hileni. It was then that she decided, even […]


Red Deer Salvation Army Provides Unique Weekend Food Program For Kids


The Salvation Army Red Deer Community Church and Family Services was honoured with a Friends of Education Award this past November by the Alberta Teacher’s Association and the Regional School Board district in Red Deer, in recognition of their School Weekend Backpack Feeding Program.

The unique program supplies school-age children with a backpack of food for easy-to-prepare meals for the weekend, under consultation of a nutritionist. On Fridays, the Family Resource team hands out the backpacks, which the students return on Monday […]