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The Calgary Food Bank

About us

Together, we fight hunger and its root causes because no one should go hungry.

Feeding YYC

We relieve food insecurity and provide support for clients who are experiencing emergency situations. We alleviate the stress of wondering where the next meal is coming from.

Volunteerism

Volunteers provided more than 38% of the hours needed to keep the food moving. From youth to seniors, weekly, daily; volunteers fuel this organization. Volunteers are our lifeblood.

Partnerships

Our vital Food Industry partnerships provide 77% of our food donations. Our Food Industry partners help us to provide food to over 41 partner organizations that work to address the root causes of poverty.
Community Owned. Community Supported.

Calgary Food Bank

The Calgary Food Bank is the first line of emergency food support for families and individuals facing crisis. Once the food emergency is addressed, we refer food bank clients to our proven partner agencies and programs. Our deep collaboration and food support to hundreds of other charitable organizations that address the root causes of food insecurity aligns with our mission to work with our community to fight hunger.

We are the city’s main charitable food hub and the most accessible food bank in Calgary serving families, individuals and organizations. We are not a government or United Way agency. We rely solely on the generous support of the community. Together, we fight hunger and its root causes because no one should go hungry.

Our Mission: Together, we fight hunger and its root causes because no one should go hungry.

Our Vision: A hunger-free community.

Cherries in Hand
Cherries in Hand
CALGARY FOOD BANK

STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

FEED

Relieve hunger and provide support for clients who are experiencing food insecurity.

LEAD

Expand our role as a catalyst in inspiring, engaging, and empowering community to build a food-secure future.

CONNECT

Continue to strengthen our network to address root causes of food insecurity.

OUr Values

CLIENT-CENTRICITY

We provide quality food with compassion, dignity, efficiency, and respect. We build resiliency in clients through the sharing of food. We centre our attention on our clients’ experiences, feedback, and needs so that our clients are treated with dignity and respect.

COMMUNITY

Our community comes together to help people in crisis. Our community’s contributions of food, funds, and time are our primary resources. Every contribution makes an impact.

CLARITY

All stakeholders understand their roles and how they help us meet our vision and mission. We are effective, transparent, and accountable stewards of our community’s resources.

COLLABORATION

We partner with others to address the root causes of food insecurity. We are one important part of a bigger solution.

“ The Food Bank has helped me immensely. Being on social assistance, my budget is extremely tight. The Food Bank does an excellent job of covering all the food groups and offers a good variety as well; milk, cereal, eggs, bread, potatoes, fresh vegetables, fruit, and snack items.”
Food Bank Client
Did You know?

Fast Facts

Numbers reflect our fiscal year, September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

Visits

Volunteer Hours

hampers distributed

Food Link Partners
Our History

Who we are

Over the years, The Calgary Food Bank has grown from a small not-for-profit in a church basement run by 4 volunteers, into a million dollar charitable organization in a 60,000 square foot building with 9,000 volunteers. It all started in 1982 when different religious leaders in the community were already collecting food and giving to those in need. They decided to join forces to make the most impact within their community and the Calgary Food Bank was born.

At the same time the enormous economic downturn in Alberta as a direct result of the National Energy Program forced thousands of oil industry workers into unemployment. Many declared bankruptcy and also remained unemployed or underemployed for five years. The need for a food bank was greater than ever.

During this time, the Food Bank also began to partner with manufacturers, transportation companies and distributors to redirect usable but unwanted food. Food shipments that may be turned down by retailers for many reasons such as outdated packaging; unsold product due to consumer shortfalls; as well as items past their best-before dates. This food was usable, fit for consumption and allowed us to fill pantries, not landfills, from the very beginning.

Since the early days, partnerships were established with trucking companies and distribution centres to divert refused trailers of food from the landfill to the Food Bank. Then in 2007, the Calgary Food Bank formed a Food Industry Advisory Committee, consisting of industry senior management and owners. An infrastructure was created to redirect products that cannot be sold due to short date, damage, refusal, overstock, packaging issues, end of run or seasonal issues, at the same time maintaining a safe supply of nutritious food for clients and charities. By 2013, 82% of the food collected came from the food industry partnerships.

“I was given a generous portion of fresh food and canned items; pastas and fresh vegetables as well as frozen meats to get me through this period where otherwise I would be living solely on rice. Having a broken leg and being newer to Calgary and having no friends or help here has been difficult, and mostly being apartment bound. The sunny disposition of the volunteers and staff was a breath of fresh air.”
Food Bank Client
Working together

Our Affiliates

Charity Intelligence
Member Community Knowledge Centre
Imagine Canada
Be part of the change

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 a fundraiser.

In the spirit of reconciliation, the Calgary Food Bank acknowledges that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

Calgary Food Bank
MAIN LOCATION (WAREHOUSE)

5000 11 Street SE
Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5

FOOD LINK

By appointment only
Monday to Friday: 8:30 – 11 am

LOADING DOCK, DOOR 3

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

HAMPER PICK-UP

By appointment only

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

Monday to Thursday: 8:15 am – 7 pm
Friday: 8:15 am – 4 pm

HAMPER PICK-UP
CALGARY FOOD BANK LOCATION

By appointment only

Monday to Friday:
8 – 10:30 am, 11 am – 1:30 pm,
2 – 4:30 pm, 5 – 7:30 pm

Saturday:
9 – 11:30 am, 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Get the hours for our satellite locations.

Administration
ANNEX HOURS

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

ANNEX LOCATION

5020 12A Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 5K9

CONNECT WITH US

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

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