Tree of Plenty - Donation Dollars Doubled!



We kicked off the 24th Annual Tree of Plenty campaign on Wednesday Nov. 20 (not so) bright and early with our good friends from CTV. They joined us at the Food Bank for four live hits on their morning show, always good fun!

The Tree of Plenty Campaign is our organization’s largest fundraiser and generates about a third of our annual operating budget.  With help from generous community champions we hope to raise $400,000 AND 400,000 pounds of food to help families right here in Saskatoon.

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Later that morning we held a press conference where Denita Stann PotashCorp VP Investor/Public Relations announced a $1 million matching gift campaign for Saskatchewan Food Banks. Between now and Jan. 16th 2015, every time you donate funds, whether it's directly to us or by attending an event like Huron Carole, every dollar will be doubled!

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Contributing Has Never Been Easier

Simply click hereto make a personal donation online or click here to make a donation in someone’s name as the perfect holiday gift. You can also text givebackyxe to 20222 where you will be asked to choose $5 $10 $20 or $25 *

* (the carriers that participate are nationwide and include: Bell Mobility, MTS Mobility, Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility, Videotron, and WIND Mobile and all other branches under these carriers-Fido, Koodo, etc. Regular data rates may apply.)


Holiday Season 2014

Amazing things happen every day at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre.  Our Do Something Amazing movement celebrates the best in all of us.  Over the 2014 holiday season we profile amazing people and events in our community with hopes of inspiring a snow ball effect.

Giving Tuesday

Dec. 2, 2014

The Christmas Pajama Drive

Dec. 7, 2014


Comfort & Joy

December 2014


 Pianoathon - Bassment

Dec. 12, 2014


 Huron Carole

Dec.17, 2014

An enchanting musical re-enactment of the very first Huron Carole concert that took place in 1987.  Alongside concert series founder Tom Jackson,  guest artists in both the musical (Act 1) and special concert (Act 2) include Don Amero, Shannon Gaye, Beverley Mahood and One More Girl.


Stuff the Bus

Dec.18, 2014



Poverty CostsOver the past eight months the Poverty Costs  campaign (a joint initiative between the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre and several other organizations, including the Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition, Upstream, Saskatoon Health Region, Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership  & Unite) have been raising awareness about the economic impact of poverty in Saskatchewan, recently calculated to be $3.8 billion dollars a year, and giving Saskatchewan citizens the opportunity to voice their support for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.

Saskatchewan is one of only two provinces in Canada without a poverty reduction plan.  There are many programs and services intended to reduce poverty, but there isn't a comprehensive plan that brings those initiatives together with targets, timelines and accountability measures – the very things we know are critical to the success of any goal.

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On Wednesday Oct.22 Poverty Costs had the honor of visiting the Legislative buildings in Regina for the Government’s Throne Speech and the exciting announcement that the Government of Saskatchewan is committing to the development of a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.  This announcement is the culmination of many years work by committed individuals, organizations and groups who work every day to raise awareness about poverty and the need for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.  We’ve taken a critical first step in the journey towards development and implementation and look forward to working closely with the Government of Saskatchewan and other stakeholders in months to come.

photo credit:Morgan Modjeski/Metro

"A Ghoulishly Good Time for a Franken Awesome Cause!"

Join in on the Halloween fun!


On Halloween instead of candy, join volunteers and go off campus to ask for  non-perishable food items for the  Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre. Last year over  250 volunteers collected and donated 7500 pounds of food! See instructions below on how to join in on the Halloween fun!



Instructions2This is happening right across Canada. Hunger is on the rise in Canada. As of 2012, it was reported that 1.4 million Canadian households experience food insecurity, which amounts to nearly 1 in 8 households. That means that 4 million individuals, including 1.15 million children do not have access to safe, nutritious and affordable food. This is a 15% increase from 2012 when 3.5 million Canadian were food insecure.

This year, Trick or Eat will be launching a national conversation about how to end hunger in Canada.
#trickoreat your selfies throughout the night to raise awareness for hunger in Canada!
A conversation will be facilitated over twitter and at Everyone is encouraged to lend their voice and join in!
[Tweet "With hunger in Canada on the rise, what can Canadians do to end it? "]

OATS peas beans and barley grow...

This World Food Day  we welcome volunteers from Cargill  who come equipped with 60 - 10kg bags of oats from Horizon Milling to donate. This will provide enough for about 1500 people!

We've gotten used to seeing Cargill lugging compost through the Garden Patch , our urban agriculture initiative, as a team  and major sponsor for the past two years and we look forward to having their help in our warehouse and clothing depot today.

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.

Oats are great for so many reasons and it's no wonder clients really appreciate receiving it in their food baskets. Oats are slow to digest which means you feel full for longer also making it a diabetes friendly food. It can be used to bulk up dishes, blended and used for flour and combined with fruit to increase calories and subsequently energy.






Milk for Children Program Receives $93,225 in funding - so far

Cameco 2014Milk for Children Program Receives $93,225 in Funding - so far

Milk is an essential part of a child's development. The Milk for Children Program at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre ensures all children in need have access to fresh milk as part of their diet.

The goal of the program is to provide one litre of milk to all children age 17 and under and pregnant and nursing women every two weeks. The program gives families the support they need in times of crisis so they can focus on other issues.

An estimated 80,000 litres is required every year, which costs roughly $120,000.00. This year’s milk campaign – which runs April 1 to March 31 – has raised $93,225 in funding with six months remaining. Included in that total is a $30,000 grant from the United Way (an estimated 20,000 litres), while Cameco and its staff have just donated $28,000 (estimated 18,666 litres).

The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre receives no core funding from any level of government and relies solely on the generosity of the public to operate. A gift to the Milk for Children Program goes directly toward the purchase of milk.

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3rd Annual Saskatoon Canstruction Oct. 4 to 18

The third annual Canstruction building competition gets underway this Saturday Oct. 4th at Market Mall. Come on down after 9am to watch the Cansculptures taking shape and vote on your favourite. If you can't make it down for build day they'll be on display until Saturday Oct.18th. All cans will be donated to the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre.