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2015 Fast Facts


Calgarians who received emergency food support


Meals and provided to hungry Calgarians


Local agencies and programs that received food to distribute to their own clients


Food banks across Canada that received food from the Calgary Food Bank during emergencies

Learn more about us!

Established in 1982, the Calgary Food Bank is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to gathering and distributing quality emergency food to those in need.

The majority of people we assist are working-poor Calgarians struggling to make ends meet. The Calgary Food Bank is not a government or United Way agency. We rely solely on the generous support of our community.

"Who created the food bank?"

The Food Bank was founded by religious leaders in the community who were all collecting food and giving it to those in need. They decided to join forces to make the most impact within their community.

With the help of the Calgary Inter-Faith Community Association the Food Bank was created and only thought to be open for a temporary time.

"Why was it created?"

​It was created to aid Calgarians going through financial strain during the 80’s recession of oil and gas production.

"How many Calgarians use it?"

1 in 9 Calgarians used the Calgary Food Bank in 2015.

"How many kids are there at the food bank?"

Over 40% of our clients are children, 5% higher than the national average

What you can do to help

Donate Funds

Money donations allow us to buy things that don’t get donated, like fresh produce, meat and dairy products.

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Donate Food

We accept both perishable and non-perishable food donations. Fresh food can be donated directly to our warehouse at 5000 11 Street SE (door #3)

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Donate Other Items

When someone is in need of food, they are often in need of other things too, like pet food, hygiene products, and more!

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Donation Box


We have over 100 volunteers in our building per day, and that doesn’t include special events volunteers! Find out what position is best for you.

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Food Drives & Fundraisers

Holding a food drive or fundraiser is easier than you imagine! We deliver boxes, have how-to’s and even do food and fund pick ups afterwards.

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Come to an Event

We have events going on all over the city, and at all of them we accept all forms of monetary and food donations.

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