Carl DeLine

Camp survivor’s advice fuels food bank drive

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John Becker says that if it weren’t for the gifts of food and hope, his father wouldn’t have endured months of living in a Nazi concentration camp. Monday he was able to continue the cycle of giving through a food bank donation. “He always taught me that if you want to succeed in life that […]

Many reasons why 8,000 people need help

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Christmas doesn’t mean the food banks’ year-long task of feeding the hungry stops. And just handing out hampers doesn’t answer the underlying question: Why is there no food in so many houses? In early days, notes Carl DeLine, director of the Inter-Faith Food Bank, the bank just handed out hampers. Now, it tries to get […]

Christmas can be ‘downer’ for homeless

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Fred Robertson knows what it’s like to be on the street at Christmas time. “It’s real difficult to go into the Scotia Centre to get warm, to sit down to have a coffee and grab a cigarette out of an ashtray and see people wandering around, their arms loaded with parcels, looking at stuff costing […]

Christmas cupboards still bare

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Salvation Army officials are praying that Calgarians start making food donations so that thousands of local families will be able to receive Christmas hampers. “We need it now and we need it desperately,” Capt. Gordon Goodridge said Monday. “We have about enough food now for 300 hampers, but I have another 5,700 more orders to […]

Calgarians not referred to food bank

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Social workers in Calgary stopped referring clients to the food bank a year ago when the food bank became aggressive advocates for people on welfare, the agency’s director says. Carl DeLine said Thursday it used to be commonplace for social workers to send people needing help to the food bank, but not since the food […]

Salvation Army facing Christmas hamper crisis

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The Salvation Army food bank shelves are empty just weeks before thousands of hungry families will start arriving asking for Christmas hampers. Unless donated food and money starts coming in “by the tractor-trailer load” some local families may go without Christmas dinner this year, Capt. Gordon Goodridge said Friday. The need this year is enormous. […]

Fund to help street teens turn their lives around

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About a year ago, a woman and a man walked into Carl DeLine‘s food bank office and offered him the moon. “I’m still in a state of ‘Wow, I can’t believe it,’” said DeLine, Inter-Faith Food Bank director. The wealthy philanthropists, who insist on anonymity, wanted to help runaway teenagers get off the street and […]

Salvation Army foresees growing need of hampers

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Despite a brighter economy and shrinking welfare rolls in Calgary, the Salvation Army predicts a need for more Christmas hampers this year. Capt. Gordon Goodridge said he surveyed social agencies across the city and determined a need for between 6,000 and 7,000 Sally Ann hampers, up from 4,520 giveaways last year. “That’s not a good […]

Rise in ‘working poor’ boosts hamper demand

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The demand for food hampers in Calgary is rising as the number of “working poor” spirals, say local charities. Salvation Army and Inter-Faith Food Bank officials say they’re handing out more groceries, even though there’s been a slow and steady improvement in the local economy. They expect a record Christmas season. The Inter-Faith Food Bank […]

Welfare cases drop by 2,200

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The number of welfare cases in Calgary has dropped 2,200 since April–the largest drop that welfare officials can recall. “I don’t believe we’ve had a drop like that before,” said Bob Scott, spokesman for Alberta Social Services. During September the number of welfare cases was 20,461, a drop of 627 from the previous month. The […]

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