WHAT WE DOHampers for the homeless
creating a hunger-free community
Providing food to the cities most vulnerable
On a given night, 3,430 Calgarians experience homelessness. Homelessness puts a strain on both taxpayers and various social agencies costing the Canadian economy $7 billion annually due to the cost of emergency shelters, social services, health care, and corrections.
Food is a catalyst to supporting anyone in need and this hamper program gives the 15 homeless serving agencies a starting point for conversation with those in crisis. Each week more than 300 hampers for the homeless are distributed through our community partners and provide two days of food for 14,080 Calgarians with inadequate shelter. Hampers include shelf-stable and ready-to-eat food items (pull-tab cans, heat and serve foods, or require only boiled water).
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”