In recognizing that other Alberta communities were developing programs dealing with Food Security concerns and Food Rescue opportunities, a few members of our Rotary Club of Spruce Grove investigated the need for similar programs in our local community. The result is “Rotary, Our Community Pantry”.
Working with Parkland School Division (PSD) in support of its school lunch program, and with our food rescue partner, North Central, our community owned Co-operative, our Rotary volunteers gather twice weekly at St. Andrew’s United Church in Spruce Grove. We are thankful that St. Andrew’s offered their amazing kitchen, and a separate pantry space, for both our Brown Bag Lunch Program and our Food Rescue Program.
Our Brown Bag Lunch Program is prepared for school children as identified by their school communities, and consists of a fresh sandwich, a piece of fruit, a juice box and a granola bar. These lunches are delivered to local schools twice a week.
Our Food Rescue Program volunteers pick up rescued food product on Monday and Thursday from North Central Co-op Grocery Stores, one in Stony Plain and the other at Hawkstone in Edmonton. The food is received by volunteers and immediately the cooks begin the preparation of meals and the produce is packaged for members of our community. The meals and packages are available to those in our community who are dealing with food security concerns.
To discuss the availability of meals, please reach us through our email address at, or via our pantry phone number at 780-916-8149. We are open 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm on Mondays and Thursdays.
“Rotary, Our Community Pantry” is 100% operated by volunteers consisting of Rotarians and Friends of Rotary. If you are interested in more information about Rotary or would like to know more about volunteering at the Pantry, please reach out through our email address.
The Rotary Club of Spruce Grove is a busy club with lots of opportunity for others, as new members or as “Friends of Rotary”. We are also a friendship club where community builders gather to support our community. As members of our Spruce Grove community for 27 years, we pride ourselves in living up to our moto:  “Service Above Self”.  To find out more about our Rotary Club, please email