This is part of a year-long ‘Love for Local’ series called NB365: portraits of New Brunswick entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations. Huddle is a media partner with Love for Local. Today we feature Dale Hicks of Food Depot Alimentaire, in Moncton.

Food Depot Alimentaire Inc. was created in 2005, replacing the former Moncton Food Bank. The warehouse facility is located in the Caledonia Industrial Park at 330 MacNaughton, in Moncton.

I became involved by joining the board in 2007 and was elected as president in 2010 – a position I still maintain today.

Food Depot Alimentaire served, up until the summer of 2020, as the food distribution center for District 5 food banks, kitchens, and shelters operating in southeastern New Brunswick.

In September of 2020, we became the official representative of Food Banks Canada, replacing the former New Brunswick Association of Food Banks, which disbanded earlier that summer.

We now serve more than 60 food banks, kitchens, and shelters across the province. We also coordinate a student nutrition program that impacts around 50 schools in partnership with the Breakfast Club of Canada.

In 2021, we have distributed over $10-million worth of products to member organizations across the province.

We operate on no direct government funding but receive ongoing contributions from various corporate donors, in addition to profits from our successful 50/50 draw which started back in March of 2013.

As an example, in March of 2020, when Cvid-19 was just starting to have a global impact, New Brunswick corporate giants JD Irving and McCains both contributed $1-million toward sustaining our operations during the pandemic.

In 2022, we are looking at enhancing support for the member organizations and expanding the student nutrition program to cover more schools.

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