Become a satellite LOCATION

Working Together To Feed Calgary

Calgary is a city of a million-plus people with an expanse of quadrants and communities. And within every neighborhood, there is someone in need. The face of the food bank is anyone, anywhere, so how do we reach everyone? In an effort to create a hunger-free community, we must ensure that food hampers are accessible for families and individuals in various neighborhoods. Our main warehouse location in the SE industrial area can be extremely challenging for some to pick-up their hampers. This is where a satellite location becomes an important part of the distribution process and thanks to our community partners, we now have satellite locations throughout the city.

We are always looking for committed community partners with available space to host a satellite location. This allows us to increases the ease of access to emergency food in our city. With that in mind, the Calgary Food Bank will be highly engaged in the satellite location process to make it as successful as possible.

Father & Son with grocery bags

Becoming A Satellite Location

How we will work together

Satellite locations usually will not be responsible for screening, qualifying or booking clients as this is done at our main location before distribution. Even if you are not booking any hampers or qualifying clients, it is important to understand that confidential information will be handled and the confidentiality of our clients is extremely important.

Hampers are pre-built ahead of time and delivered by Calgary Food Bank employees to satellite locations, usually on the day of distribution. Some sorting will be required by the satellite location before hampers can be picked up by clients.

We request that the satellite location organizer supply some or all of the volunteers to operate the satellite location. The Food Bank will provide volunteer training for building and distributing hampers, and interacting with clients.

What is required

  • Are you easily accessible by transit, foot or car?
  • Is your facility accessible for all clients?
  • Do you have a space to store and distribute hampers?
  • Do you have the ability to keep perishable items cold or frozen? We can provide equipment if needed.
  • Do you have double doors where a pallet can be moved through?
  • Can you manage volunteers during distribution?
  • Will you sign a memorandum of understanding?
  • We require a regular time commitment:
    • Satellite locations can be open as little as once a week to as frequent as 3 times a week. Hours can be during the day or evening, Monday through Saturday. 
    • Pick-up times for clients range from 1 – 2 ½ hours, with 1 hour of preparation time prior to distribution.

Numbers reflect our fiscal year, September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023.

volunteers a day

Volunteer Hours a year

hampers distributed


Become A Satellite Location

Contact the team by email at to request an application form and receive more details.

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

5000 11 Street SE
Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5


By appointment only
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Donation Centre, Door 7

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm


Monday to Thursday: 8:15 am – 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:15 am – 4:00 pm

Or book online



Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm


5020 12A Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 5K9


Reception: 403-253-2059


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