Red Deer Food Bank

Hamper Request Line: 403-346-1505

About Us

The Red Deer Food Bank has been serving the Red Deer region since 1984.

Our mission: To provide emergency food requirements for those in need in Red Deer and the surrounding area.

Our vision: Working together in Central Alberta - Sharing food with people in need.

Many think that the food donated to the food bank only goes into food hampers. It is true the Red Deer Food Bank, with your help, fed over 38,000 people in 2016. Approximately half of them were children and the average age was eight years old. With that being said, the food bank also provides food to other agencies right here in Red Deer. Agencies such as the Boy's and Girl's Club, The Mustard Seed, Potter's Hands, Women's Outreach, co-op kitchens, the Salvation Army and many more.

The Red Deer Food Bank also supplies food to other food banks in Central Alberta such as: Blackfalds, Coronation, Caroline, Delburne, Ermineskin, Maskwacis, Innisfail, Lacombe, Mirror, Olds, Penhold, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Rimbey, Sylvan Lake, Stettler, Three Hills and Trochu.

The Red Deer Food Bank covers an area of 20,000 square kilometres in Central Alberta.

The bread, produce and pastries that our driver/gleaner picks up each day from grocery stores are available daily. People in need can access the product Monday through Friday in our Client Service Area.

The access to these products helps supplement our clients' grocery expenses. Coming in for bread, cereal and produce can save them extra funds for fresh milk and other food items they may need for their family.

Without the generosity of our community the Red Deer Food Bank Society would not exist. Many factors play a part but it is the generosity of people that is the heart of our organization.

Beliefs and Mission Statement:


1)We believe we have an obligation to meet human need and do it in a way that preserves and enhances the dignity of the individual.

2)We believe in the principle of sharing.

3)We believe that access to proper nutrition is a fundamental human right.

4)We believe that those elected or appointed to positions of authority have a responsibility for the wellbeing of those they govern.

5)We believe that food supplies should be used to their optimum potential.

Mission Statement:

Acknowledging the disparity on the availability of resources among Canadians and recognizing that while food banks will be needed in the foreseeable future, that they are only a temporary response for those living in poverty and believing in the principles outlined above.

             Red Deer Food Bank Board Members:

  • Chairman: Gerry Johnston
  • Vice-chair/Secretary: Alexandra Heighington
  • Treasurer: Lea Fraser
  • Director: Mike Thibeau


  • Executive Director: Fred Scaife
  • Deputy Director: Alice Kolisnyk

Staffing includes the following positions:

  • Operations Manager
  • Warehouse Assistant
  • Driver/Gleaner
  • Client Service Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Social Media Coordinator