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COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Access to food

Return to COVID-19 - Support for individuals

Page updated: May 17, 2020

No-cost programs

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If you need support and resources, please reach out to 211 via phone, text or online chat. A Community Resource Specialist can work with you to see what community resources and services are available and work to get you connected with support.

Al-Qaim Foundation

No-cost food hampers and basic needs items are available to seniors and Calgarians in self-isolation or quarantine. Delivery is available. 

To request service, call 403-999-4614 or email riyazkhawaja5@gmail.com​

Aujla's Restaurant

No-cost, packed hot vegetarian meal for pick-up daily, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Aujla’s Restaurant Skyview (5110 55 Skyview Ranch Road). ​

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids: Lunch support

Lunch support available in the form of grocery gift cards for Calgary students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. Gift cards available for a variety of stores. Complete the online form.

FoodFinderYYC​ is a Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids initiative that connects kids, teens and parents to free food in Calgary. Use the search function on the website to show you where you can find food resources and what you need to bring to access the food at each location.

For those without internet access, text FOOD to 587-318-0232 and follow the prompts​.

Calgary Food Bank Hamper Program

You must call ahead to book a hamper before picking up. The phone line is open between 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Once you have been approved, volunteers will book you a specific time to pick-up your hamper.

Hampers can be picked-up at our main location (5000 11 St. S.E.) or one of our satellite locations. Specialty hampers available: renal, infant, celiac and prenatal.

To request a hamper call 403-253-2055.

CO-OP Care Package Delivery

No-cost care packages of non-perishable food items (i.e.: canned meat, pasta sauce, juice) are available to Calgarians in doctor-mandated quarantine. To request a care package, email memberengagement@calgarycoop.com and include your: name, address, phone number, closest Calgary CO-OP store, and the start and end dates of your quarantine.

Call 403-219-6064 for more information.

Dashmesh Culture Centre - Gurdwara Sahib Entrance

No-cost, hot vegetarian meals and non-perishable goods are available for take-out. Place order on-site, inside the Dashmesh Culture Centre complex, near the Gurdwara Sahib entrance gate from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Home delivery options are available for self-isolated persons within five kilometers of Gurdwara Sahib. Email info@dashmesh.ca​, or call 403-590-0970 to inquire.

Dashmesh Culture Centre - Sikh Food Bank

No-cost, non-perishable food and hygiene items available for pick-up (i.e. pasta, sauce, beans, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.). Donations also accepted. Items available for pick-up at: 135 Martindale Blvd N.E.

North East Family Connection Agency Gift Card Program

  • Target audience: serving families in northeast Calgary
  • Cost: no cost
  • Required: call to make an appointment 587-617-8514
  • Additional information: Gift cards for emergency food, baby items and some emergency food in pantry. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.

One Voice Canada

No-cost food hampers and care packages are available for delivery. The following items can be added upon request: flour, rice, milk or lentils. Indian vegetarian meals may also be requested.

To request a delivery, contact helpab@onevoicecanada.org​ or send a text message to 403-671-8272.

The Salvation Army Community Services

No-cost, emergency food hampers are available with up to two days’ worth of non-perishable food and hygiene items. Delivery is available. Additional items can be requested including diapers, wipes and formula for infants or toddlers. 

To request service, contact 403-220-0432 or email cssinfo@salvationarmycalgary.org.

Veterans Association Food Bank

No-cost food hampers available to military veterans and RCMP veterans. Call 403-367-8387 to arrange for a hamper.

Veterans Food Bank of Calgary

No-cost food hampers available to veterans and first responders. To arrange delivery, call 403-277-8387 or email info@theveteransfoodbankofcalgary.ca.

Low-cost programs

Community Kitchen Program of Calgary: The Good Food Box​

Low-cost boxes of fruits and vegetables are available for pick-up to all Calgarians. Boxes are available in three sizes:

  • Small (20 - 25 pounds) = $25
  • Medium (30 – 35 pounds) = $30 
  • Large (40 – 45 pounds) = $35 

To order a Good Food Box, contact gfb@ckpyyc.ca or 403-538-3780.

Fresh Routes

Discounted food baskets available for Calgarians currently in isolation and/or in an emergency financial situation. Baskets are $15 (or $30 for double baskets) with the option for a $10 produce add-on. Payment required online at the time of ordering. For assistance completing the online form, call Steven at 403-249-8350.

Complete the online form​ to order.

Greater Forest Lawn 55+ Society

  • Target audience: Seniors living in Greater Forest Lawn Communities including Dover, Forest Lawn, Erin Woods, Albert Park/Radisson Heights, Forest Heights, Southview, and Penbrook Meadows.
  • Cost: $5 meal options, including soups and stews, healthy meals and desserts, with free contactless delivery. Gluten-free options are available.
  • Required: Call 403-272-4661 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Delivery is free and contactless.
  • Additional information: Payment can be made via email money transfer, credit card, cheque or cash. If payment is not an option, meals may be delivered at no cost.

Meals on Wheels​

Free delivery available within Calgary city limits on minimum orders of $24. Payment is required online at the time of ordering; payment at the door is not available. Volunteers will continue to leave meals at clients’ doors or in a cooler, if provided. Pick-up option available.

In response to COVID-19, Meals on Wheels is currently offering “50% off our My Choice Menu” and “30% off Our Chef’s Daily Special,” in addition to any price reduction based on financial situation/income, to those affected by the pandemic.

Place your order at Calgary Meals on Wheels My Choice Menu or call 403-243-2834.

Custom grocery order delivery services

Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society​: grocery shopping and delivery

Volunteers are available to help seniors (65+) with grocery shopping and delivery at no cost. Volunteers will complete the grocery shopping and deliver to residents while practicing physical distancing. No transportation for seniors will be provided. 

To submit a request contact 403-266-6200 or complete the online referral form. 

Earls Grocery

Custom grocery orders available for no-cost delivery. Choose from a full market of grocery items, including fresh produce and fully prepared meals (different from regular Earls menu).

To order, call your preferred Earls location for pick-up and receive 20 per cent off your order. Or have your order delivered by ordering through your SkipTheDishes account. 

Fresh Start Recovery Centre​

Grocery deliveries with no delivery fee are available. To order, email Adam at adam@freshstartrecovery.ca with your grocery list by 12 p.m. to receive same-day delivery. Deliveries are made between 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Grocery Link

Grocery delivery services available for:

  • All Calgarians - $19.99 plus tax
  • Seniors (60+) – 16.99 plus tax
  • Those with a disability or critical/chronic illness - $19.99 with 15 per cent discount.

Delivery available 9a.m. to 6p.m. Monday to Friday. Shop from most major grocery stores. Visit website for complete list.

To order, seniors and those with a disability or critical/chronic illness may call 587-578-4197. All other citizens must order online by creating an account at thegrocerylink.com

InABuggy

Custom grocery order delivery available for $19.98. 

To order, set up an online account and request delivery between 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. Shop from Costco, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Rexall, Canadian Tire, M&M Food Market, Pet Smart.

Kerby Centre Grocery Delivery Program

The Grocery Delivery Program (THRIVE) is available to all seniors (income requirements have been suspended). Grocery shopping will take place at the Calgary CO-OP by THRIVE volunteers and all orders will receive the five per cent CO-OP member discount. Two to four days is required for delivery and a $4 delivery fee will apply.

Call 403-234-6571 to place your order.

Men in Kilts

Grocery delivery with no delivery fee for Calgarians who are self-isolating or in quarantine due to COVID-19. Cash or e-transfer payment options available. To order, email calgary@meninkilts.com​ with your contact information, delivery address, and a list of your requested items with estimated cost.​

Spud.ca

Custom grocery orders available with delivery fee (based on order amount). Free delivery available on select days in select areas within Calgary. Search by postal code to find your free delivery day.

To order, set up an online account at Spud.ca.

Society of Saint Vincent De Paul (SSVP)​

  • Target Audience: All Calgarians
  • Cost: No cost
  • Required: Call 403.250.0319 and follow instructions to make arrangements
  • Additional Info: Additional items may be requested based on need and availability, including diapers, formula for infants and toiletries.

The LOCAL Corner Store

Custom grocery orders available for delivery. Select your grocery essential items from the full list, then order using your DoorDash account and receive 10 per cent off.

YYC Grocery Delivery

Custom grocery orders available at no delivery fee for vulnerable Calgarians including adults over 55, caregivers, those who are immunocompromised or have underlying health conditions, and those who are self-isolating or in quarantine. Complete the online form, including your grocery list, and volunteers will send you a photo of your receipt. Payments are made via e-transfer. 

Order online here.


Please note: Inclusion of organizations or opportunities at Calgary.ca/COVID19​ does not constitute or imply the endorsement or recommendation of The City of Calgary, nor is the exclusion of any opportunity intended to discredit a worthy organization or cause. It is up to each individual citizen to assess the organization and opportunity listed to determine fit.

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