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.

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

403-253-2055

Community Kitchen

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

403-275-0258 

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

403-410-1111
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

 403-538-3780

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

403-235-3636
Ext. 31

Child Disability Resource

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

1-877-644-9992

Calgary Children's Link                

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

403-230-9158

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

403-204-8280

Transportation

CalgaryTransit

Provideslow Income Program for transit users

403-262-1000

 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

403-537-7770

 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

403-262-2006

Vecova Recreation Centre (formerly the VRII)

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

403-284-2231

KidSport Society of Calgary

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

403-202-0251

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.

403-269-9133

 CanLearn Society (formerly the Calgary Learning Center)

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

403- 686-9300