Temporary depot helping address food insecurity for northeast families
The temporary centre connects families with food basics
A food depot is helping families in northeast Calgary address the growing issue of food insecurity as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a financial toll across all cultures and backgrounds.
The depot in Rundle was started by the Sankofa Arts and Music Foundation, which works with vulnerable youth and their families, in partnership with the Sudanese Social Club of Calgary, the Somali Association of Calgary and the First Sanctuary of Praise Church, among other organizations.
"Part of our culture is we spring into action when there is a need," said organizer Marion Ashton with the Sankofa Arts and Music Foundation.
Ashton said the community decided to come together to try to reach out to others.
"I think that's just a human response but this is very true and very evident as part of the black culture. It is in our nature to want to help out neighbours. If our neighbour sleeps hungry, the shame on that happening shows on us," she said.
Ashton said there are strict physical distancing measures in effect inside the depot, with floor markings and limits of the numbers of people allowed inside at any time.
Boxes are made up specific to the needs of different families. Some are delivered while others are picked up at the depot.
While the groups who have organized the depot represent Somali and Sudanese immigrant and refugee families, organizers stress the service is open to anyone in need.
"Anyone that needs a helping hand can reach out," Ashton said.
"We're always looking for donations. If anyone can contribute or donate we welcome any help."
Ashton said people looking to pick up a hamper or donate items can call 403-815-5822.