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Virtual Food Hub

NLC Student Success is offering a Virtual Food Hub program for part-time and full-time NLC students who are facing food insecurity.   

Food insecurity is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient amount of affordable, nutritious food.1

Student Success recognizes that food insecurity is important to one’s mental health. Financial constraints due to rising grocery costs, living expenses, and educational costs all contribute to food insecurity.

 


Each month from January 2023 to June 2023, students can apply for one $100 gift card to a major grocery store to assist with issues of food insecurity. The number of gift cards available is limited. If demand for gift cards exceeds availability, students who have applied will be selected randomly to receive an available gift card.

Draws will take place at noon on the following days: 

    January 31, 2023 
    February 27, 2023 
    March 28, 2023 
    April 25, 2023 
    May 30, 2023 
    June 19, 2023

Applications submitted after the draw date/time will go into the following month's draw. If your name is not drawn and you are still facing food insecurity we encourage you to please reapply the following month.  Additional resources are available, below. Our Educational Counsellors are also available to meet with you to explore additional options. Please contact Counselling Services at 1-866-652-3456 Ext.3222 or email counselling@northernlakescollege.ca

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Food Banks Alberta
Food Banks Alberta is the provincial association of food banks in Alberta with a mission to strengthen the impact of the provincial food bank network by creating new opportunities, increasing knowledge, providing resources, and delivering innovative programs. We seed connections for positive social change. We are a composed of a strong-network of 100 + member food banks across Alberta.

See link below for additional information on Food Banks Alberta. 
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FREE FOOD ALBERTA
Free Food in Alberta Directories
Helping to connect you with emergency food programs including food banks, food hampers, and free meals.

Find programs in your community, choose your zone from the maps below.

Call 211 to find information on eligibility and how to apply for federal and provincial income benefit programs to help households afford to buy the food they need.
Free Food in Alberta Directories »



Northern Lakes College Service Region Food Banks

Select your community below for information about Food Banks in the region. 

Athabasca

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Name or organization: Good Samaritan Ministries Association

Location and address:   Park View Rd: SE1-67-22-W4, Athabasca, AB, T9S 2A8

Contact number: 780-675-3556 (Lois Uchytil 780 675-4471)

Details on what types of services are available:
One food hamper per month, hot lunch served on scheduled middle Wednesdays.

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday by phone appointment, middle Wednesdays noon – 7:00pm (no appointment).

Any requirement of use
Requirements for Registration:

  • Complete name, address, and phone number.
  • Health Care or another valid ID.
  • Names of all adults (18 and over) in house.
  • Gender and Ages of all children under 18.
  • Completed and signed registration form/indemnity agreement with the above information.

Anything else of importance for students: 
We provide many basic necessities such as food, clothing, hygiene products, infant and children's supplies, clothing, and household items for families in need.

There are approximately 2500 families in north central Alberta currently registered at this facility, and we have 38 regular volunteers and no salaried employees.

Chateh

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(See High Level)

Driftpile

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(See High Prairie)

Drayton Valley

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Name of organization: Drayton Valley Food Bank

Location and address:  4820 51st Ave, Drayton Valley, AB, T7A 1E1

Contact number: 780-514-3777 by appointment only

Details on what types of services are available: Food Hampers 

Hours of operation:

8:00am to 10:00am Monday and Thursday, call during daytime hours (8:00am to 6:00pm), and a food bank representative will book you an appointment for pick up.

Cut off for appointments is 6:00pm the day prior to scheduled food bank hours. If unable to pick up scheduled, please cancel hamper.

Any requirement of use:

Location in Drayton Valley or Brazeau County:

  • Identification for all individuals included in Hamper,
  • contact information – address, phone number, email.

Anything else of importance for students: web site: https://dvfoodbank.ca/

East Prairie

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See High Prairie

Fort Vermilion

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See High Level

Fox Creek

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Name of organization: Fox Creek Food Bank Society Community Resource Centre 

Location and address: 103 – 2A Avenue, Fox Creek, AB, T0H 1P0 

Contact number: 780-622-3758 or Email: info@foxcreek.ca

Details on what types of services are available:  N/A

Hours of operation: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00pm to 4:00pm by appointment only.

Any requirement of use

Food Bank is “PICK-UP” only and the following information will be required:

  • Full residential address (with proof at pick-up).
  • Names and Ages of all adults living at the residence.
  • Names and Ages of all children living at the residence.
  • Proof at pick-up of all individuals living at the residence (identification card, health care card, etc.).

Pick-up is 3:00pm.

Anything else of importance for students:  N/A

Grande Prairie

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Name of organization: The Salvation Army Community & Family Services

Location and address:  9615 102 St., Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 2T8

Contact number: 780-532-3720

Details on what types of services are available:  Food bank.

Hours of operation:

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 11:45 and 1:30pm to 4:15pm closed on holidays.

Any requirement of use:

  • ID for each member of your household. Alberta Health Care Cards are a good ID for your children).
  • Proof of your CURRENT address (such as a rent receipt, utility bill etc.).
  • Latest statement of income (such as the latest bank statement, current cheque stub from work etc. or most recent tax assessment.

Anything else of importance for students

If you qualify for food – you are able to access the food bank once every 30/31 Days days (1 Month) for your next food hamper. In addition, you can drop in during food bank hours to access bread/bakery items and ‘near date’ canned food (up to 5 items per day) on the racks in the foyer area.

Snack packs for school age children, diapers and hygiene packs, socks etc. may also be accessed apart from a food hamper, provided you qualify and if we have the items in stock. 

Grouard

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(see High Prairie)

Anything else of importance for students:

Community Food Cupboard give and take located in Grouard Fire Hall, stocked by FCSS. 

FCSS Office:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:15am to 4:00pm

FCSS Contact: Dani Cox @ 1-780-751-3806

Big Lakes FCSS will use the funding they received from Second Harvest to install Community Food Cupboards in each of our hamlets: Enilda, Grouard, Joussard, Faust, and Kinuso. These Community Food Cupboards, stocked with non-perishable food items, will be available to anyone who needs it.

Gift Lake

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See High Prairie

High Level

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Name of organization: Native Friendship Centre 

Location and address:  11000 95 Street, P O Box 1735, High Level, AB, T0H 1Z0

Contact number: 780-926-3355

Details on what types of services are available

Hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Any requirement of use

Anything else of importance for students:  

Call in the morning to get a scheduled pick up time between 1:00pm and 4:00pm.

High Prairie

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Name of organization: High Prairie & District Food Bank 

Location and address:  4821 50th Avenue, P O Box 833

                                               High Prairie, AB, T0G 1E0

Contact number: 780-523-5777

Contact persons: Kim Dumont or Brenda Sanford

Details on what types of services are available

Hours of operation:

Wednesday and Friday 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm (closed stat holidays).

Applications/appointments must be done over the phone Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Closed on Saturday.

Any requirement of use:

Must be in financial need. Proof will be required. Application Form - Food Bank is “PICK-UP” only and the following information will be required:

  • Full residential address (with proof at pick-up).
  • Names and Ages of all adults living at the residence.
  • Names and Ages of all children living at the residence.
  • Proof at pick-up of all individuals living at the residence (identification card, health care card, etc.).
  • Pick-up is 3:00pm.

Anything else of importance to students?

Food hamper is available once/month. The HP food bank also oversees the Satellite food bank in Falher, contact number is 780-837-2220.

Hinton

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Name of organization: Hinton Food Bank 

Location and address: 124 Market Street, Hinton, AB, T7V 2A2

Contact number: 780-865-6256

Details on what types of services are available

Hours of operation: Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

Any requirement of use: Fill out application form and bring ID.  

Anything else of importance for students: Food hampers are available as needed but available one per week only.  

La Crete

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Name of organization: La Crete Support Services Food Bank 

Location and address: 10105-94th Ave, La Crete, AB, T0H 2H0

Contact number: 780-928-3967 email: LCSS@live.ca

Details on what types of services are available: 

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Any requirement of use: None

Anything else of importance for students:  Coupons available for milk, bread and eggs at Super J grocery store.

Lloydminster

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Name of organization: Salvation Army 

Location and address: 2302 – 53 Ave, Lloydminster, AB, T9V 2P9  

Contact number: 780-875-9166

Details on what types of services are available: Food Hampers:
Call 780-875-9166 to make an appointment. If you are new to the Food Bank, you will need to do a short intake interview.
 

Hours of operation:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Thursday: 10:30am to 12:00pm and 1:00pnm to 3:00pm.

Any requirement of use: Anything else of importance for students: 

Name of organization: Olive Tree Community Centre 

Location and address: 5002 51 Ave. Lloydminster, AB, T9V 0Y3 Email: theolivetreelloyd@gmail.com

Contact number: 780-870-1060

Details on what types of services are available: 

  • Food Hamper.
  • Food Rescue.

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Any requirement of use: By Referral. Agencies fill out paperwork, send it in and outreach teams connect with you to book you in for a food hamper. 

Anything else of importance for students:  Free community meals are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Transportation is available by calling 780-205-1666 before 3:00pm the day of the meal.

McLennan

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Name of organization: Food Bank Services

Location and Address: McLennan MD Office

Contact Number: Fill out application at https://www.mclennan.ca/food-bank-services

Details on what types of services are available:

Hours of operation:

Any Requirement of Use: The application is then sent by FCSS to the High Prairie Food Bank for review and decisioning.

Anything else of importance for students: Once a decision is made, FCSS will give you a call regarding your application on whether it is approved, denied or requires further information.  If approved a location, date and time for pick up will be established between you and the FCSS client service worker.  FCSS will provide hamper deliveries to the McLennan Municipal Office for pickup.

Peavine

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See High Prairie

Peace River

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Name of organization: Peace River Community Church Food Bank also known as Salvation Army Food Bank.

Location and address: 9710 74 Ave, Peace River, AB, T8S 1E1

Contact number: 780-624-2370

Details on what types of services are available: 

Hours of operation: Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am.

Any requirement of use: 

Anything else of importance for students: Emergency assistance as needs requires.

Slave Lake

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Name of organization: Native Friendship Centre 

Location and address: 416 6th Ave. NE, Slave Lake, AB, T0G 2A2

Contact number: 780-849-3039

Details on what types of services are available: Food Hampers.

Hours of operation: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Any requirement of use: Proof of residency (rental receipt, Utility bill, etc.), applicants must be 18 years of age and older and also provide AB health card number for each person claiming in the household. 

Anything else of importance for students:  Clothing is available.

Wabasca

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Name of organization: Wabasca Food Bank 

Location and address: Auger Lane – Unit 1, Wabasca, AB (Behind Youth Dept. on the reserve)

Contact number: 780-891-2172

Details on what types of services are available:  Food Hampers.

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday from 08:00am to 4:00pm.

Any requirement of use: Must show Alberta health care number. Must validate status and non-status from area.

Whitecourt

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Name of organization: Carlan Community Resource Centre 

Location and address: 76 Sunset Boulevard, Whitecourt, AB, T7S 1K9

Contact number: 780-778-2341

Details on what types of services are available:

Hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:00 am to 2:00pm. Last intake is at 1:45pm.

Any requirement of use: Identification must be presented for each family member at every visit, proof of residency is required, Perishable boxes available. 

Anything else of importance for students: Referrals to other community resources are available. Perishables boxes are available at noon every day that the food bank is open.  The boxes are available on a first come and first served basis, and no proof of ID is required to receive a box. It is recommended those wishing to pick up a perishable box to arrive around 11:30am as the demand for boxes is high. 

Valleyview

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Name of organization:  Interfaith Community Food Bank Society

Location and address: 5104 50th St., PO Box 1283, Valleyview, AB, T0H 3N0

Contact number: 780-524-3500

Details on what types of services are available: 

Hours of operation: Thursday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Any requirement of use: 

Anything else of importance for students: Donated clothing, handmade scarves, mitts & toques available.


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