How Can You Help?
We are open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am-4 pm for donations!
The Lethbridge Food Bank welcomes volunteers to help during the day at the Lethbridge Food Bank or after hours at various fundraisers. If you are interested in volunteering call (403) 320 1879.
Donate Money or Securities
Cash donations make it possible to maintain the quality of our food supply. This is especially helpful when the items on our Wish List are depleted. We can stretch $1 to about $3 worth of food. Tax receipts are issued for donations.
Would your company like to sponsor one of the LFB’s many food programs? Would you or your company like to help us with our Kids Snack Pack Program or Adopt a Shelf? If your interested in sponsoring one of the Lethbridge Food Bank’s many needed programs – please give us a call today!
Canada Helps now accepts gifts of securities online.
With the elimination of capital gains on donations of publicly traded securities, gifts of securities are now the most tax efficient way to make a charitable donation … and a great way for donors to make a greater impact with their gift.
Click here to donate!
What counts as publicly listed securities?
Your donation must be of securities that are traded on a public market in Canada or the United States. This includes stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, but excludes shares in a private corporations and stock options.
How long does it take for my donation to reach the charity?
That depends. Generally, most securities take a few days to get to CanadaHelps once you’ve submitted the Letter of Authorization to your financial advisor. Some securities however, can take a few weeks, e.g., mutual funds. Once CanadaHelps receives the securities and they are sold, we distribute them to the charity in the next disbursement cycle. It can take as little as a week.
How much actually goes to the charity?
As the donation of securities is a transfer in ownership, it is subject to the fee structure you have set up with your broker. CanadaHelps will not levy any transfer fees however, there is a nominal 3% transaction fee. This amount covers all brokerage fees, transaction fees, banking costs, receipting, reconciliation, and disbursements incurred by CanadaHelps. This 3% is deducted based on the proceeds of the sale of securities you donated, before the donation is sent to the charity, and is a modest charge for the service that CanadaHelps provides to Canadian donors and the charities they support.
How and when do I get my tax receipt?
You will receive your tax receipt after your securities have been received in the CanadaHelps brokerage account, and then subsequently valued based on closing bid price. Please note: according to the guidelines of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the actual value of your donation for tax receipt purposes will be determined on the day that your donation is received in the CanadaHelps brokerage account.
Is your organization interested in hosting a food drive? We can provide bins (they are on wheels) to collect the donated food. We will deliver and pick up the bins to your event.