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Emergency Food Hampers

Fighting Hunger and Its Root Cause

The Emergency Food Hamper Program is at the core of our mission and what we do every day. Our food hampers contain seven days worth of nutritious food for each person. When the stress of providing food is literally taken off the table, the emergency can then be addressed. The next step is to help clients build connections and address the root causes of their food insecurity by giving them referrals to other community services

An emergency food hamper not only relieves a client’s hunger and provides nutritious food, but also relieves financial pressures. A hamper for four people has an estimated market value of $368. For those having difficulties making ends meet, $368 is a significant amount that can now go towards other expenses such as transportation, health care, or the needs of children or other dependents. When clients were surveyed, they told us that they now had money they could use to pay rent, utilities, childcare bills, and more.

Nutritious Food

The Calgary Food Bank distributes more than 350 emergency food hampers every day. Our emergency triage system makes sure our clients, who come from all walks of life, get the help they need quickly.

We believe that good, nutritious food should not be out of reach for anyone. We work diligently to ensure our hampers are nutritious, aiming to meet Canada’s Food Guide. They contain 30% other*, 28% fruits and vegetables, 26% protein, and 16% whole grains**.

 *Other includes consumables that don’t fit into another category such as tea, condiments, drinks, chips, chocolate, pastries, baking supplies, white bread/pasta/rice etc.

** Whole grains constitute any food item where the first ingredient is whole grain: rice, pasta, bread, crackers etc.




Fruits & Vegetables




whole grains**

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

emergency food hampers distributed

specialty hampers distributed

Calls in a year

referrals to other agencies

“The food bank has helped me get food in a time where I was unable to afford any groceries and wouldn’t have been able to eat. It made me feel like people actually care and don’t judge when you aren’t able to make ends meet.”

Food Bank Client

Specialty Hampers

Our specialty hampers include, Celiac, baby, pre-natal and renal hampers to cater to the diverse dietary needs of our clients.

Renal Hampers

Renal Hampers provide healthy, low in sodium food options while eliminating foods with high potassium as well as minimal processed foods.


Celiac hampers provide nutritious, gluten-free and celiac friendly foods for client who are unable to process gluten.

Baby Hampers

Infant and baby hampers include diapers, formula and baby food to ensure our youngest clients get what they need.


Expecting mothers have special dietary needs. These hampers provide extra milk and nutrients to those expecting mothers.

Birthday Party Kits

The birthday room is a special place at the Calgary Food Bank. Volunteers gather to build Birthday Party Kits for children who might not otherwise enjoy the luxury of a birthday party. The Birthday Party Kits are nestled under the Emergency Food Hamper Program and are available for children aged one to 12 whose families are getting a food hamper within three weeks of their birthday.
“My daughter received a birthday bag! Thank you, what a beautiful surprise. I’m sure the bags are randomly picked but
everything in there my daughter loved! She loves Minnie Mouse, there was a Minnie Mouse phone, she loves bubbles, she loves colouring and stickers they were in there. It was like it was hand picked and tailored for her, absolutely amazing, thank you again so much. You made a little girl very happy today!”

Food Bank Client

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

Celiac & Renal Hampers

Baby and Prenatal Hampers

Birthday Kits distributed

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.

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


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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


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Friday: 8:15 am – 4:00 pm


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5020 12A Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 5K9


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

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