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.
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
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
Our specialty hampers include, Celiac, baby, pre-natal and renal hampers to cater to the diverse dietary needs of our clients.
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.
Expecting mothers have special dietary needs. These hampers provide extra milk and nutrients to those expecting mothers.