Who 'We' Are

At the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre we have a vision of a food secure community where all people have access to safe, affordable, and nutritious food.

We also believe it’s important to address the underlying issues contributing to hunger and poverty in our community. In our Learning Centre we operate various learning, self-help and life skills programs that are supportive of learning needs and aspirations within a family oriented, empowering and self-directed environment.

We receive no core government funding and rely solely on the generosity of the community to operate.

Our History:

The Saskatoon Food Bank began as a temporary project in the summer of 1983.  By 1984 it was incorporated as a non-profit charity.  Since its beginnings in the basement of St. Thomas Wesley United Church it has occupied various locations, coming to the present premises at 202 Ave. C South in 1990.  The Grassroots Resource and Learning Centre (later renamed simply Learning Centre) was established in 1992 to offer various life skills programs.

The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre Clothing Depot moved to 322 Ave C South in summer 2008 in response to an increased need for space. The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre Clothing Depot moved to its current location at 223 Ave B South in the fall of 2012.

What is now the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Garden Patch, started as the Potato Patch in 2010.  The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre began to oversee the project in 2012, renaming it the Garden Patch, and is now the flourishing program you see located in the 900 block of 3rd Ave N.

Today the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is a progressive and collaborative organization that uses a systems approach to develop programs, services, and initiatives that address the underlying causes of food insecurity and poverty in our community.


Our Team

Phone 306-664-6565

Executive Director
Laurie O’Connor 306-664-6565, ext 232

Director of Community Development
Jolene Zidkovich 306-664-6565, ext 226

Director of Operations and Engagement
Deborah Hamp 306-664-6565, ext 231

Client Services Manager
Sheldon Dimond 306-664-6565, ext 222

Clothing Depot Manager
Chantelle Tutka 306-244-1236

Creating Opportunities Program Manager
Amber Clare 306-664-6565, ext 224

Urban Agriculture Manager
Adrian Werner 306-664-6565, ext 266

Warehouse Manager
Garnet Baird 306-664-6565, ext 223

Communications and Events Coordinator
Rachel Elson 306-664-6565, ext 253

Community Developer
Laura Hopkins 306-664-6565, ext 230

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program Coordinator
Deyne Borgia-Ellis 306-664-6565, ext 240

Volunteer Coordinator
Dawn Kellington 306-664-6565, ext 228

Job Developer
Nikki Moggey 306-664-6565, ext 235

Literacy Instructor
Debbie Chappell 306-664-6565, ext 229

Office Administrator
Rachelle Hegland 306-664-6565, ext 221

Board of Directors

Quinton Osatchuk
Board Chair

Debra Charuk

Leading Eagle Man

Mona Nasser

Heather Kuttai

Jennifer Beck

Shannon Hood-Niefer

Bart Voswinkel


Kimberly Bryce

Rod Delahey 

Janelle Hutchinson


2016 Annual Report

Check out the 2016 Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Annual Report for information and statistics. Click on the link below: