COVID-19: Access to food
Page updated: Dec 2, 2020
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.
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Phone or text: 211
Calgary COVID-19 Community Map
Places where people can access no and low cost food in the city of Calgary during the COVID-19 pandemic. To view, download, or print a list of these resources by quadrant, please visit: www.tinyurl.com/covidfoodyyc-list
Calgary Food Bank Hamper Program
You must call ahead to book a hamper before picking up. 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.
CALL TO REQUEST A HAMPER
Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Alex Community Food Centre
Free Meal to Go Program on Friday mornings from 10:00am-12:00pm. Get a healthy frozen meal, fresh salad kit and fruit for you and family.
Bi-weekly Affordable Produce Market every other Wednesday. Purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and more at a deeply discounted price and grab a free meal to go created by the Alex Community Food Centre kitchen team.
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.
Dashmesh Culture Centre
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 9 p.m. daily. Preorders available online (www.dashmesh.ca)
No-cost, non-perishable food and hygiene items available for pick-up (i.e. pasta, sauce, beans, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.). Donations also accepted. Pick up times Monday-Saturday 12-4pm. Pre-orders available online (www.dashmesh.ca)
No-cost food hampers and basic needs items are available to seniors and Calgarians in self-isolation, quarantine or financial need. Delivery is available. Call to request service.
North East Family Connections - Connection Source Program
Offering support city-wide support during the COVID-19 crisis including connection to food sources, basic needs relief and over-the-phone support/check-ins as well - food bank referrals, Good Food Box, navigating free food access across the city and gift cards (as available). Also offering other basic needs support like furniture and clothing from our donations and referrals to WINS; DI free goods program; and Interfaith Furniture.
Veterans Association Food Bank
No-cost food hampers available to military veterans, RCMP veterans, those currently serving and their families. Phone to arrange a hamper.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m
Veterans Food Bank of Calgary
No-cost food hampers available to veterans and first responders. Phone to arrange delivery.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Calgary Seniors' Resource Society
Offers supports and programs for seniors
- Volunteer Drop Offs (food, supplies, etc.)
- Pet Assist (food deliveries, pet care, etc.)
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Website: calgaryseniors.org for general information
Website for grocery resources is: https://www.calgaryseniors.org/grocery-resources
Aboriginal Friendship Center of Calgary
Food hampers and non-food hampers being distributed from the Hub.
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.
Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids
Offers grocery cards to families whose kids are doing at-home learning or temporarily isolating. Can connect kids doing in-person learning to in-school bagged lunch programs.
The Kerby Centre
Bread Market for Seniors
The Kerby Centre hosting a socially distanced Bread Market for Seniors. Bread as well additional rescued food items are available.
The Bread Market is hosted at the Kerby Centre’s gymnasium area and is following all COVID guidelines.
Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30am-12:30pm. No need to register, just drop-in.
Delivery is available for older adults experiencing isolation, mobility, or financial concerns. Please contact the program to determine eligibility.
Muslim Family Network Society - Halal Food Bank
Provides Halal food hampers to individuals and families in need. Calgarians can access the Halal Food Bank 4-6 times a year depending on the circumstances. Proof of financial circumstances is required.
To book an appointment please call 403-466-6367 or email email@example.com.
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 by phone or email.
Discounted/free food baskets available for Calgarians currently in isolation and/or in an emergency financial situation. Payment required online at the time of ordering. Complete the online form to order. Phone for assistance completing the online form.
In person, low cost produce markets happening across the city. Schedule available at www.freshroutes.ca/schedule-calgary
Meals on Wheels
Free delivery available within Calgary city limits. Pick up option is availabe. 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.
In response to COVID-19, Meals on Wheels is currently offering discounts on My Choice single meals.
Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Greater Forest Lawn 55+ Society
Serving seniors in Greater Forest Lawn Communities including Dover, Forest Lawn, Erin Woods, Albert Park/Radisson Heights, Forest Heights, Southview, and Penbrooke Meadows.
Meal options for $5, including soups and stews, healthy meals and desserts, with free pick up or delivery. Gluten-free options are available.
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.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
For more information and to place an early order please call 403-272-4661 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Custom grocery delivery services
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.
Grocery delivery service available for all Calgarians. 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.
Custom grocery order delivery available. 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
Grocery delivery and supportive visits
In some cases, emergency and/or short term Thrive participation is available for individuals returning home from the hospital or recovering from illness or surgery.
- Find out if you are eligible for Thrive.
- Call us to confirm your eligibility at (403) 234-6571
- Kerby Centre staff will assess your needs and visit your home
- Full payment plus the nominal delivery fee is paid at the time of delivery for groceries or medications
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.