Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you receive government funding?
We do not receive core funding from any level of government.
- Are all your staff paid?
Most of our staff are volunteers, but we have 2 managers and 2 overseers that are paid positions.
- How do you pay for day-to-day expenses, your core funding?
All of our services are paid by donations from the community and the few grants to which we are eligible to apply.
- How often can we use the food bank's services?
You can get a food hamper once a calendar month. You can eat at the Share-A-Meal any time it's open.
- Can anyone eat at the Share-A-Meal?
Anyone is welcome to come in and share a meal with us.
- When can I get a food hamper?
You can get a hamper from 1pm to 2:30pm Monday to Friday.
- What are the hours for the Share-A-Meal?
The Share-A-Meal is open from 3pm to 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
- Why are there expired cans in my hamper?
Expiry dates, according to Canada's labelling laws, are for milk products such as baby formula, meal replacements and nutritional supplements. Best Before Dates are the manufacturer's guide to best flavour and freshness. There are no best before date standards in Canada. It is left up to the manufacturer to guestimate the date.
If you store the cans in a cool, dry place, they can last from two to five years. Check the can's condition. If there are bulges, leaks or rust on the cans, throw them out. Dented cans don't have to be thrown out unless they leak or are rusted. If all else fails, open the can a bit and smell the contents. If they smell bad, don't use the contents.
Use By is for fresh yeast products only and is usually marked as a best before date.
- About Us
We are a non-profit organization and rely on public donations for our operations.
- What we believe:
We believe that each human has an equal right to the necessities of life. We believe in the dignity of all people and that everyone is worthy of love and respect. As far as it is in our power, we will seek to acquire and distribute appropriate nutrition to those who do not have the means of providing for themselves. We intend to cultivate, develop and encourage ways of eliminating hunger in our community. We believe that anyone in need deserves a safe, supportive, clean environment in which to receive a nutritious meal, served with dignity and respect on both sides, regardless of age, ethnic origin or living situation. We believe in the integrity of what we do and are willing to “walk the walk”.
- What we do:
- Our History
The food bank started in the early 1980s and was located on 13th Street East. Share A Meal was unofficial and carried out by St. Mark’s Parrish and midtown homeowners who fed the hungry.
- 1992 Share A Meal and the Food Bank amalgamated on River Street and then moved to 11th Street East. In the next 10 years, it became fashionable to donate food, time and money to food banks and the Share A Meal Food Bank benefited from that trendiness. There were large meat donations, food drives and Wonska School became an affiliate partner. Prince Albert Parks and Recreation also benefited from the Share A Meal Food Bank when the Snack Program was started up.
- 2012 A necessary addition to the building was added this year and the PA Outreach van was added as an affiliate partner. A new cook was added to the staff and new volunteers were recruited. The distribution list began including more non-profit and community-based organizations and the size of the hampers increased. The one drawback came when it was determined that the food bank could no longer accept wild meat unless it was processed in a government-licensed facility.
- 2013 The kitchen area was revamped in February and became a much easier place to work. The referral system was abandoned and people could now come in to get their own food hampers without having to go through an intermediate agency. The system was computerized in May and made getting a hamper easier and less likely to be abused.