Food Bank Profiles

Neil Heaton: Operations Manager 

Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge

What was your dream job as a kid?

Fireman.

What led you into the food banking world?

It started as a summer job, but turned into a very rewarding career.

How long have you been involved with the food bank?

20 years.

Who inspires you the most?

Our volunteers: their willingness to put numerous hours in to help our clients and expecting nothing in return. Also, any of our former clients who have had a “success story”. They inspire me to work hard every day so hopefully, in time, there are numerous more “success stories”.

Describe one thing you have learned about food banking.

Food banks can do so much with minimal resources.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to work in a food bank?

Nonprofit work, especially food bank work, is a calling that isn’t for all people. But if you do become involved, the path is one of the most rewarding.