Years ago, Brian Layton, past president of the St. Albert Food Bank, identified a need in the community. He noted that some new moms leaving the hospital after giving birth faced food insecurities and had trouble providing enough formula for their babies.
Brian sought to initiate an infant formula program and proposed it to Board of Directors of the St. Albert Food Bank. Board members embraced the idea and provided significant financial backing to kick start the program. With the help of Diane Plouffe of the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Brian established partnerships with social agencies and hospitals in St. Albert and Edmonton and organized the distribution of vouchers to mothers in need.
As such, mothers received the full package of formula, bottles and layette on their first visit, and they were encouraged to come back weekly for formula.