In 2023 the Calgary Co-op Community Foundation through Calgary Co-op members and Calgary Co-op provided the equivalent over $3 million to support food security in our communities. The Calgary Co-op Community Foundation will continue to focus on supporting food security and vulnerable population into 2024. Your support makes a difference.
Community has always been at the heart of everything we do. Our community needs us now more than ever and Calgary Co-op is here to provide support to our most vulnerable.
Calgary Co-op invests millions in community each year through in-kind donations, funding for community programs and charitable donations.
The Calgary Co-op Community Foundation’s primary focus is food security. We help provide easy access to affordable, healthy food and proper nutritional habits to local families struggling to provide this basic need.
Co-op Members can donate online to the Foundation and direct your donation to a particular organization or cause, or you can indicate “greatest need” where we’ll determine where your money will do the most good. You can also donate when shopping at our stores. We are Together for Good!
Need support? If you have a program aligned with our food security mission, you can apply for funding.
The following food banks and organizations dedicated to food security.
The Calgary Food Bank is the first line of emergency food support for families and individuals facing crisis. Their collaboration and food support to hundreds of other charitable organizations works to address the root causes of food insecurity.
Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids works with community groups and volunteers to provide lunches to approximately 5,000 kids each school day. School staff help identify young students in need, then retirees, parent groups and local businesses help to make each bagged lunch. This program works to give students the nutrition they need to achieve their best.
The Calgary Seniors’ Society provides support for seniors who are most at-risk, enabling them to receive critical social, emotional and practical support. Calgary Co-op’s support includes providing emergency food and essential products to seniors in need.
The Children’s Cottage Society provides families staying at Brenda’s House (an emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness) with nutritious meals. Meals at Brenda’s House are designed by a dietician and served to families in need, three times a day.
FearIsNotLove‘s mission is to support all people to live free from fear, neglect, violence and abuse. Previously called the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, the agency supports more than 20,000 individuals each year through a comprehensive range of innovative programs and emergency supports.
Calgary Meals on Wheels offers a home meal delivery program to provide those in need with freshly-chilled or frozen meals. This service promotes health and independence by offering clients access to nutritional meals every day of the year, delivered right to their doorsteps by caring volunteers.
The Mustard Seed is a safe and supportive place where individuals experiencing barriers associated with poverty and homelessness can meet their short-term physical needs (shelter, food and clothing) and grow toward greater health and independence.
Unison is a not-for-profit organization that provides programs and services developed to support generations 50+ to live their best lives. Unison also helps those 50+ who are experiencing elder abuse and food insecurity ensure they have access to food and nutrition.