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A Historical Summary of the Edson Food Bank

Land treaty acknowledgment;

Edson Food Bank Society respectfully acknowledges that we are on traditional territories in Alberta of the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries. We acknowledge that our offices are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional meeting grounds, gathering place, and travelling route of diverse Indigenous peoples, including the Cree, Blackfoot, Nakota Sioux (Sue), Iroquois, Dene (Den-nay), and Saulteaux (So-toe)/Anishinaabe (A-nish-i-nab-ay). We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis settlements and the Métis Nation of Alberta within the historical Northwest Métis Homeland.

We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.

The Edson Food Bank Society was founded by a local group of friends over a weekly coffee meetup. Societies Act By-Laws for the Edson Food Bank Society were submitted to Consumer and Corporate Affairs Corporate Registry on September 11, 1985. The
application was signed by Marjory Kerklywich, Eleanor Moorhead, Hugh (Doris Barbas), Vi Kindiak, and Ruby Maddison. The signatures were witnessed by Betty Watts.

It began operating out of a couple of rooms in the old RCMP Station, with hopes to
assist people through the effects of the high inflation rates of the early 1980’s. It expanded into other rooms within the building, as the need in the community grew, and in 2021, the Edson Food Bank Society completed a building renovation and expansion in the of Fall 2022.

Mission Statement
To give a hand up to others in their time of need.

We provide food to those in Edson and Yellowhead County with dignity and without discrimination.

The Edson Food Bank Society is a member of Alberta Food Bank Network Association.

A group of Food Banks across Alberta working together to help feed the hungry.

Our “Clients”…..Who We Serve

As you know, needy families and individuals in our community go without proper food and shelter due to a variety of factors including low wages, job loss, injuries, illness, age, domestic violence, or divorce.  While all of us are susceptible to hard times, children and the elderly are at the most risk, and they make up many clients we serve.

The Edson Food Bank Society is fully dependent upon grants and donations, whether cash or non-perishable goods, from companies, organizations, schools or individuals to help us serve the less fortunate.  We are a registered charitable organization run solely by volunteers, who dedicate their time to the Edson Food Bank Society. Your donation will help put food on the table of our clients and your support is greatly appreciated.  With the generous support of people like you, we will be able to help many of these families and individuals not only to meet essential daily needs, but to work toward a brighter future.

Our services include:
– providing food and other staples to those in need in Edson and area.
– informing clients about other support services.
– advocating for policies to reduce the demand for food bank services.

We have been providing emergency food services to our clients…citizens of Edson and area since 1985.

Our food bank is committed to providing excellent service.

We recognize that from time to time there may be inquiries, concerns or complaints and we believe that our stakeholders have the right to tell us about them. To share your feedback please contact the Food Banks Canada Customer Experience Hotline at 1.877.280.0329 or

Current Board of Directors

Dewayne Scott, President
Cheryl Luckwell, Secretary
Scott Martin, Vice President
Ralph Nault, Director
Vicky Hill, Director
Janet Bellwood, Director
Jo-Ann Nault, Treasurer


What is better for you: Food, money or my time?

We encourage our donors to contribute in a way that is meaningful to them. Our motto is COMMUNITY HELPING COMMUNITY.  Edson’s Food Bank needs all three: food, funds and time from our volunteers.

– Money helps us with operating costs. It keeps the lights on and our doors open. We are fortunate to have significant bulk buying power to buy the food items we need most.

– Food is always welcome, no self-preserves please.

– Volunteers are so important to operating our food bank as we are almost 100% volunteer run.