403-253-2059 | info@calgaryfoodbank.com

WHAT WE DO

Hampers for the homeless

The Hampers for the Homeless Program provides food to agencies that work with the homeless population in Calgary. Hampers provide short-term relief of hunger with easy to open, ready to eat, shelf stable food for one to two days.

creating a hunger-free community

Providing food to the cities most vulnerable

The Hampers for the Homeless Program was created in 1999 as a response to agencies’ concerns regarding the homeless population’s access to food. Some Calgarians living rough were falling through the cracks of the food resource system. These hampers provide short-term relief of hunger with easy to open, ready to eat, shelf stable food for one to two days. Food is a catalyst to supporting anyone in need, and this hamper program gives the qualified agencies who serve the homeless population a starting point for conversation with those in crisis.

On a given night, 3,430 Calgarians experience homelessness, putting a strain on taxpayers and social agencies. The cost of emergency shelters, social services, health care, and corrections costs the Canadian economy $7 billion annually.

The estimated market value for a hamper is $30. While this provides financial relief for the recipient and the agency, the value of the hamper goes far beyond the dollar amount. When agencies aren’t focusing on food, they can focus on their core programming and use their resources to connect and work more closely with their clients, increasing their chances of being transitioned out of homelessness.

Fruit cups, granola bars & Milk-to-go

Our programming has improved through rigorous review and adaptation, letting us deliver more value to the people we serve. Want to know more? Visit our Charity Intelligence page to review the program goals and learnings.

“Thanks to the Food Bank, the DOAP Team is able to give out food in the community to those experiencing homelessness. The team uses the food as an engagement tool to start the conversation of what they can assist individuals with. Providing a basic need such as food is essential to our outreach work in building rapport with those experiencing homelessness.

Our Encampment team works with people sleeping outside. Being able to provide food to those who do not access shelters is the first step in building trust to start the conversation about how to get them into housing.

By providing homeless hampers from the Food Bank it adds to our ability to meet clients where they are at and get them to engage with us around other social issues they might be facing”

Adam Melnyk, Calgary Alpha House
Did You know?

Fast Facts

Numbers reflect our fiscal year, September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019.

Experiencing homelessness Per Night

partner agencies

Hampers for the homeless

Money Saved
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How you can help

Donate Food

Help create a healthy meal by donating our most needed items.

Donate Funds

Donate funds securely online, by mail or in person.

Volunteer

Donate your time. Volunteers are our lifeblood.

Host an event

Get creative and engage your community, host your own event.

Donate Food

Help create a healthy meal by donating our most needed items.

Host an event

Get creative and engage your community, host your own event.

Donate Funds

Donate funds securely online, by mail or in person.

Volunteer

Donate your time. Volunteers are our lifeblood.

CONTACT US
ADDRESS

5000 11 St SE
Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5

Main line: 403-253-2059
Fax: 403-259-4240
info@calgaryfoodbank.com

NEED FOOD?
CALL TO REQUEST A HAMPER
403-253-2055

Monday to Thursday: 10:30 am – 7:15 pm
Friday: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

HAMPER PICK-UP
CALGARY FOOD BANK LOCATION

Monday: 1 – 3:30 pm, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Tuesday to Thursday:
10:30 am – 3:30 pm, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Friday: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

HOURS
ADMINISTRATION

Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 4 pm

FOOD LINK

Monday to Friday: 7 am – 2 pm

LOADING DOCK, DOOR 3

Monday to Thursday: 8 am – 7:30 pm
Friday: 8 am – 3 pm

HOLIDAY HOURS

THE CALGARY FOOD BANK IS CLOSED DECEMBER 25-26 and January 1.

There are revised hours for the warehouse, hamper request line and distribution, Food Link and administration.
Please refer to our holiday hours page for our holiday hours. Happy Holidays.

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