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Page updated: May 11, 2020

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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.

Contact information
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Phone or text: 211
Website: www.ab.211.ca

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

No-cost programs


Calgary Food Bank Hamper Program

You must call ahead to book a hamper before picking it 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.

Contact information
CALL TO REQUEST A HAMPER
403-253-2055
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 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Get a healthy frozen meal, fresh salad kit and fruit for you and your 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.

Contact information
Phone: 403-455-5792
Email: goodfood@thealex.ca
Website: https://thealexcfc.ca/

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.

Contact information
Phone: 403-220-0432
Email: cssinfo@salvationarmycalgary.org
Website: salvationarmycalgary.org

Dashmesh Culture Centre

Hot meals

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)

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. Pick up times Monday-Saturday 12-4 pm. Pre-orders available online (www.dashmesh.ca)

Contact information
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Phone: 403-590-0970
Email: info@dashmesh.ca
Website: www.dashmesh.ca
Location: 135 Martindale Blvd N.E.

Al-Qaim Foundation

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.

Contact information
Phone: 403-999-4614
Email: riyazkhawaja5@gmail.com

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 - foodbank 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.

Contact information #704 2631 38th street NE (Located in Russet Court apartment complex) Phone: 587-617-8514 Email: nefcscalgary@gmail.com Open: Tuesday – Thursday Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  

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.

Contact information
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m
Sunday: closed
Phone: 403-367-8387
Website: https://veteransassociationfoodbank.ca/food-support

Veterans Food Bank of Calgary

No-cost food hampers available to veterans and first responders. Phone to arrange delivery.

Contact information
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Phone: 403-277-8387
Email: info@theveteransfoodbankofcalgary.ca
Website: www.theveteransfoodbankofcalgary.ca

Calgary Seniors' Resource Society

Offers supports and programs for seniors

  • Volunteer Drop Offs (food, supplies, etc.)
  • Pet Assist (food deliveries, pet care, etc.)

Contact information
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 403-266-6200
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.

Contact information
Phone: 403-270-7379
Email: ictf@afccalgary.org

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.

Contact information
Sign up at: bb4ck.org/help
Email: hello@bb4ck.org
Phone: 403-264-7979

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, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. No need to register, just drop-in.

Delivery Service

Delivery is available for older adults experiencing isolation, mobility, or financial concerns. Please contact the program to determine eligibility.

Phone: 403-705-3176

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 muslimfamilysociety@yahoo.com.

Calgary East Zone Newcomers

Culturally comforting hampers and delivery are available.

Contact information:
Phone: 1-833-217-6614
Monday to Sunday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Responders can speak 22 languages. Other resources may also be available.

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 by phone or email.

Contact information
Phone: 403-538-3780
Email: gfb@ckpyyc.ca
Website: https://www.ckpcalgary.ca/goodfoodbox

Fresh Routes

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 freshroutes.ca/schedule-calgary

Contact information
Phone: 587-779-5009
Website: freshroutes.ca

Meals on Wheels​

Free delivery available within Calgary city limits. Pick up option is available. 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.

Contact information
Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Phone: 403-243-2834
Website: www.mealsonwheels.com/my-choice

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.

Contact information
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Website: www.gfls.org/pandemic-response-1

For more information and to place an early order please call 403-272-4661 or email at support@gfls.org.

Custom grocery delivery services


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.

Contact information
Website: www.spud.ca

Grocery Link

Grocery delivery service available for all Calgarians. Shop from most major grocery stores. Visit the website for a 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.

Contact information
Phone: 587-578-4197
Website: www.thegrocerylink.com

InABuggy

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.

Contact information
Website: www.inabuggy.com

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

Contact information
Phone: 403-234-6571
Website: www.kerbycentre.com


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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