Hampers for the Homeless

Hampers for the Homeless provides two to three days of food for Calgarians with inadequate shelter. 

Hampers for the Homeless Contents

Hampers Include:

  • nutritionally complete foods                            
  • ready-to-eat foods, selected for ease of access
    • have pull-tab tops
    • are heat and serve
    • require only the addition of boiling water

Many clients access these hampers through agencies where they are participating in other programs.






In 1998, the Food Bank began to think about producing emergency food hampers that would be appropriate for clients without regular access to kitchen facilities – those who are homeless or near homeless. This was a growing population in Calgary, and we were not at that time effectively meeting their needs. In 1999, Hampers for the Homeless was launched as a six-month pilot, distributing 35 Hampers a week. 



Hampers for the Homeless are prepared by the Food Bank and distributed by partners who work directly with the target population:

Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary
The Alex
Alpha House (DOAP Team)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary (Loft Program)
Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre
Calgary John Howard Society
Canadian Mental Health Association (SOS Program)
Canadian Red Cross
Catholic Charities
Métis Calgary Family Services (Native Network)
Salvation Army (Centre of Hope)
Woods Homes (Exit Outreach)
Youth Unlimited Calgary (Streetlight)