Housing and Affordability

COVID-19 Food Supports Information 

Over the last months, local organizations and businesses have been working hard to find creative ways to support access to food. For an up-to-date resource list, visit these municipality and organization websites: 

Banff - Affordability & Assistance
Canmore - Here For You
Cochrane cochrane.ca/160/Family-Community-Support-Services 
MD Bighorn - scroll down to Spotlight mdbighorn.ca/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=539

Food Rescue in Exshaw 
- some Mondays, most Tuesdays & Thursdays thanks to the support of volunteers, Banff Food Rescue & Canmore Food Recovery Barn

Grocery Gift Cards
The MD of Bighorn has a limited number of grocery gift cards to distribute to MD residents who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.  These are available at no cost to residents who’s income has taken a serious hit and are struggling to make ends meet.  To inquire about obtaining one of these gift cards, please contact Deb Grady at deb.grady@mdbighorn.ca or 403-673-3611.


Bow Valley Food Alliance lists many area food resources and interesting posts on their Facebook page.

Curious about Food Safety During COVID-19?  Click HERE for answers to your questions!

AHS Public Health Nutritionists Nutrition and COVID19 messages 01_APR_2020.pdf

Bow Valley Food Bank  Offers emergency food hampers. Call 403.678.9488 on Monday or Wednesday. Pickup days are Tuesday and Thursday 12-1 pm and 6-7 pm.  If you’d like a friend or neighbour to pick up your hamper for you, let the Food Bank know their name when you call. Cost: Free

Canmore Food Recovery Barn
  An initiative that recovers edible food waste from grocery stores and other food distribution outlets.

As of July 1st, we have returned to our Market System!  This means, please arrive to the Barn on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays around 5:20 pm to draw your number.  Doors are open at 5:30.  Please bring a standard size reusable bag, and no more than one bag per family/household.  Suggested donation remains $5 per bag.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CanmoreFoodRecoveryBarn/

Food and Friends  Pick up weekly meal to reheat at home every Monday, possible delivery volunteers.  Cost: Free or by donation.  Email by Sunday evening to place order: foodandfriends2020@gmail.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CanmoreFoodandFriends