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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.


Volunteers provided more than 48% of the hours needed to keep the food moving. From youth to seniors, weekly, daily; volunteers fuel this organization. Volunteers are our lifeblood.


Our vital Food Industry partnerships provide 74% of our food donations. Our Food Industry partners help us to provide food to over 215 agencies 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



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


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


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

OUr Values


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


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.


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.


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, 2019 to August 31, 2020.


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.

About us

Our History



After a visit to a food bank in Arizona, the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank Society was created in December of 1982. Operations soon moved from the First Lutheran Church to more spacious quarters with some refrigeration at Baker House. All of the work was carried out by volunteers and two paid staff.



In the fall of 1983 we moved into the basement of the Ross Kerr Building (Kensington NW) Volunteers answered phones, gleaned, stacked, packed and delivered 40 hampers per day and bulk foods to Calgary agencies.



Another move! This time to old supermarket on 5 Street and 8 Avenue SE with Safeway sponsoring rent and utility costs.



Demolition was scheduled for this old Safeway so we were on the move again, this time to a warehouse in south Chinook location (6408 – 1A Street SW).



Incorporated under the Societies Act as the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank.



Moved into a larger facility (7475 Flint Road SE) due to the repairs needed at the previous location. Client numbers were also increasing due to social service and welfare cuts, plus changes to the employment insurance rules.



The ‘boom’ of the oil & gas industry saw an influx of people migrating to Alberta.  Client numbers continued to increase as many arrived with no secure employment, home or family network.



April 27, 1999 A new Mission Statement was adopted “To gather, provide and distribute emergency food to the hungry in our community, through solicitation of food, funds and services and affiliation with others who share our vision.”

December 1999 Extra food supplies were stored as part of the Y2K preparations in anticipation of large scale computer and technical failures when clocks moved forward to the new millennium.



The Food Bank found a permanent home  (5000 – 11 Street SE) in a 60,000 square foot warehouse.



September 12, 2013 Marked 30 years of service with a time capsule ceremony.

June 21, 2013 The flood of the century evacuated 75,000 people from 25 neighbourhoods and closed the downtown core. C.E.M.A put out the call for donations and everyday for more than six weeks, 18,000 lbs of critically-needed food items were sent to 110 organizations on the ground in Calgary, central and southern Alberta.



The Weekends and More program began and supported 240 students in its pilot year.



The Fort McMurray wildfire forced the largest evacuation in Alberta history. We delivered 350,000 pounds of food to area food banks supporting displaced families and raised more than $62,000 for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank.



A new mission statement was adopted “Together, we fight hunger and its root causes because no one should go hungry.”



Downturn in the Alberta economy saw a record 184,500 lives affected and 90,860 hampers to families and individuals in crisis

“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
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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.


Donate your time. Volunteers are our lifeblood.

Host an event

Get creative and engage your community, host a fundraiser.

Calgary Food Bank

5000 11 St SE
Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5


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


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


By appointment only


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


By Appointment Only
Monday to Thursday:
8 – 10:30 am, 11 am – 1:30pm
2 – 4:30pm, 5 – 7:30pm
8 – 10:30am, 11am – 1:30pm, 2 – 3:30pm
Get the hours for our satellite locations.


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


5020 12A Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 5K9


Main line: 403-253-2059
Fax: 403-259-4240

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