Emergency Food Hampers
Are you a Calgarian in need of Food?
Calgarians in temporary emergency situations can rely on the Food Bank to provide emergency food supplies.
- up to seven hampers in a 12 month period
- a minimum of 30 days between hamper requests
- first 3 hampers can be requested directly by the clients
- if additional hampers are needed, a referral from a recognized agency or program is required
- each hamper contains approximately 7 days worth of nutritionally balanced groceries for each person in the household
Norton Rose Fulbright Milk for Teens
- adds an additional carton of milk to the Emergency Food Hampers of low-income households with teens 13 to 17 years old
- because of this initiative, more than 10,000 adolescents receive additional milk to help meet their growing nutritional needs
Calgarians in need of food must call before visiting the Food Bank.
- Phone Room Volunteers ask several questions
- in addition to food, they may provide referrals to other service providers
- more often than not there is more than a shortage of food for our clients
- the additional referrals help callers to resolve the issues that have led to their crisis
- this is why more than 80% of our clients access the Food Bank less than four times...ever.
Our volunteers recognize that it is not always easy to answer the questions they pose.
- they work hard to handle every call efficiently and in a friendly manner
- clients will encounter the same questions and process each time a hamper is requested
- we recognize that circumstances can change from month to month
A hamper, once approved, is usually ready the following business day.
- when circumstances dictate, a hamper can be picked up on the same day as the call
- when picking up an Emergency Food Hamper, clients must produce:
- 2 pieces of identification for each adult
- 1 piece of identification for each child
- this must be done every time a hamper is requested.
Emergency Food Hampers are picked up at our warehouse or from one of our six partner depots, located in SE Calgary, NE Calgary, NW Calgary and downtown.