The WECAN Food Basket Society of Alberta began in 1993 in response to the “empty fridge” syndrome. After talking to members of the communities where they worked and lived, City of Edmonton Social Workers Cathy Vereyken and Alecia D’Elia realized that families and individuals needed a way to ensure that fresh, nutritious food could be available near the end of the month when finances were running low.
After researching options and looking at similar programs, WECAN started with one depot in the Abbottsfield community. From this small, grassroots initiative, the program has continued to grow and expand to include more than 20 depots in Edmonton and the surrounding area , serving more than 500 families today.
Food basket depots are hosted by community agencies and by community volunteers. This volunteer and community support has been, and continues to be, the cornerstone of the WECAN food basket program.
In 1996, The Grocery People were approached to provide the meat and produce offered in the program and this relationship has continued to this present day.
Community based, community organized and serving the community – we are WECAN.