1103 - 3 Avenue North
Lethbridge, AB T1H 0H7
Phone: (403) 320-8779
Fax: (403) 328-0521
Our mission is to recognize the human dignity of those in need and to provide 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, and 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:
Distribution of monthly food hampers, daily food supplements and clothing vouchers.
Referrals to other community and/or government agencies to connect individuals and families with resources available within our community.
Offering The Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen - through partnerships with Chinook Health and Family Centre, we facilitate cooking classes that teach healthy eating on a limited budget.
A Bit of Our History...
Interfaith Food Bank is the offspring of a service which had its beginnings in Our Lady of Assumption Church in Lethbridge, AB. Requests for food and assistance were coming to the church, not only from people in the parish, but from all areas of Lethbridge and district. The food bank outgrew its quarters in the Assumption Church and moved to the basement of rhe Catholic Charities Clothes Bank, taking the name, Catholic Charities Food Bank.
In October of 1989, Catholic Charities Food Bank moved to share a vacant City of Lethbrigde building occupied by Lethbridge Sioup Kitchen. Another move was scheduled, however, when that building was torn down to make way for the new Lethbridge Family Services building. The food bank moved to a smaller building, 1102 3 Avenue North.
As support was coming from all denominations of churches in the community, the name of the organization was changed to the Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge and its growth necessitated another move to 1116 3 Avenue North.
We are now a provincially registered non-profit society, and a nationally registered charitable organization. In addition to providing emergency food services, we have the responsibility of providing a safe, clean environment in which we conduct our business. Our capital campaign, Planting Roots, Growing Community, was launched in the summer of 2010, and thanks to a ton of community support, and the help of a few key corporate donors, we were able to secure the last of the funds required for a down-payment on the new home for Interfaith. We took possession of the faclilty at 1103 3 Avenue North on September 1, 2010, and while a few modifications were required to get the building up and ready for distribution, we were able to get in and operational just two short months after taking possession.
Phase 2 of construction began in 2011 and will continue as we secure the remaining funds required to expand and relocate The Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen from its current location to the new facility. Planting Roots, Growing Community will continue to recruit support for the building project while at the same time continuing to work with the community to secure food and financial resources required for our programs and services in 2012. For more information on the capital campaign and construction plans, please feel free to contact our office, or view more information on the capital campaign here.