Interfaith Food Bank is committed to recognizing the human dignity of those in need and providing food and access to services and resources generated from within our community.
We cater to those in a variety of situations, ranging from single-parenthood, to seniors on fixed incomes, to the under or unemployed, or to those with other social or economic barriers. We have been providing emergency food services to citizens of Lethbridge and area since 1989. Since then, we have grown exponentially as the community recognizes, assesses and attempts to satisfy the needs of those in crisis.
We act as a bridge between a community of donors and those who are in need through:
- Emergency Food Assistance – Distribution of monthly food hampers, daily food supplements, and clothing vouchers
- Referrals and Outreach Programs – working with partner agencies, we connect those we serve with resources that help to address the underlying issues leading to food insecurity; as well as offer program space for agencies to provide outreach services on site
- The Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen – through partnership with our local Family Centre we facilitate cooking classes that teach healthy eating on a limited budget
- Co-op Community Kitchen – a large multipurpose space available to the community for commercial kitchen activities and programming space
- Interfaith Learning Garden – where we teach community members how to grow their own food.
- Southern Alberta Food Hub – in partnership with Food Banks Alberta we distribute food from National Food Share Programs to regional and rural food banks
- Food Share – we support multiple urban and rural community programs with food stocks and supplies
- The Second Door Thrift Store – a second hand store where families can purchase household items at discount pricing and all funds raised support our programs and services
- Volunteer Program – through which community members participate with meaningful work to benefit others