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.
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.