General Information

The Distress Centre: OPEN 24 hours: Provides crisis counseling and support service. 403- 266-HELP (4357)

1-800-SUICIDE (784-3433): OPEN 24 hours: Provides crisis counseling and support service.

Canada wide crisis text line: 24 / 7 support for anyone in crisis:

Kids Help Line: or call 1-800-668-6868

2-1-1 Providing information on: financial & social assistance, housing & utility help, food assistance & meal programs, seniors’ services & home care, parenting & family programs, government program assistance, disability support services, volunteer organizations, newcomer services & mental health support.

Resources for Food

Free Food in Calgary

Free to Calgarian adults, families or youth without the requirement to be (or become) a client or participant of a specific program or service.  

Calgary Interfaith Food Bank

Food hampers up to 6 times a year

Hampers can be picked up from one of the 6 depots around Calgary and the main warehouse


Community Kitchen

Provides a 16-week program on food preparation and budgeting.


Centre of Hope and Salvation Army

  • Healthy Baby program - free diapers and formula - 3 times a year

  • Free community meal at 4:00 pm daily

  • Emergency food hampers for the homeless

  • After-hours emergency food hampers for individuals and families

420-9th Avenue SE

For after hours:
Ph: 403-651-3076
(monitored 4:30 pm - 8:30am)

CUPS (Calgary Urban Project Society)

  • Sandwiches and coffee during the week after 11 am

  • Family Resource Centre offers meals to families(everyday except Saturday)

403-221-8780 - 1001 10 Ave SW

Good Food Box - Community Kitchen Program of Calgary

Provides fresh fruits and vegetables at lower cost:

  • Large Box (40 - 45 lbs produce) $20.00

  • Family Box (30 - 35 lbs produce) $15.00

  • Senior/Single Box (20 - 25 lbs produce) $10.00

  • 60 locations throughout Calgary


Services and Supports for Parents & Families

Calgary Community Services Guide

The Calgary Community Services Guide lists a variety of helpful services available to challenged and low income individuals facing struggles in Calgary.

Community After School Program - Grace Baptist Church

Provides free after school care forelementaryaged children

Ext. 31

Child Disability Resource

Provides parents of children with disabilities with funding to access a range of supports and services


Calgary Children's Link                

Access point of information for families of children with special needs in Calgary and Area.


DrugRehab Resources: To equip people and their families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery.

Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre

Supports Sunrise Community communities of Abbeydale, Albert Park/Radisson Heights, Applewood, Belfast, Chateau Estates, Dover, Erin Woods, Forest Heights, Forest Lawn, Franklin/Meridian Business Park, Hubalta, Marlborough, Marlborough Park, Mayland Heights/Vista Heights, Penbrooke Meadows, Red Carpet, and Southview):

  • Support and crisis intervention

  • Housing advocate and other housing resources

  • Employment search resources

  • Free use of the daily Calgary newspapers

  • Free fax, phone, photocopying

  • Community closet of emergency food, toiletries and other supplies




Provideslow Income Program for transit users


 Access Calgary

Door-to-door shared-ride service

  • For people unable to take a bus or CTrain

  • Must have an application completed by a doctor or other

  • professional followed by an interview for qualification

  • Cost is one bus ticket


 Family Recreation/Activities

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Orientation and access to recreationalto program for immigrants and refugees un their first three yearsin Canada

  • Before & after school care

  • Summer day camps


Vecova Recreation Centre (formerly the VRII)

Barrier-free recreation facility - offering recreation opportunities to Calgarians of all ages and abilities


KidSport Society of Calgary

 Registration fees and/or sports equipment availablefor children and adolescents from low income families


Calgary Between Friends Club

Provides social and recreational opportunities for people of all ages who have disabilities. Activities include day camps, swimming, crafts, drama, and bowling.


 CanLearn Society (formerly the Calgary Learning Center)

Provides family literacy programs to encourage the development of literacy and learning

403- 686-9300