SU Campus Food Bank

SU Fall Harvest Food Drive

Help us secure the SU Campus Food Bank for the fall and winter months. There are so many ways to make a donation: on your own, as part of a team, or anonymously. Each day in October, we’ll post a new, creative way to participate to help spark your ideas.

Click to learn the three ways you can participate and earn prizes!

Fall Harvest Food Drive


We have additional information about programs that combat food insecurity around Calgary, as well as resources for free or low-cost food included here as a PDF document should you need them.

Food Resources Calgary


The SU Campus Food Bank, administered through SU Volunteer Services, provides a  seven day emergency food relief service to the campus community. This relief is provided through nutritionally sound hampers in accordance with the Canada Food Guide along with information to clients regarding resources available on and off-campus.


For the past twenty years, the Adopt-a-Family program has allowed us to assist student families with limited resources to provide them with holiday gifts by matching student families in need with campus community members interested in acting as sponsors. We are lucky to help to ensure as many students as possible have a festive holiday season. Participation in the program as a recipient is limited to student families with children (18 and under) only, and we welcome and encourage sponsorship from the campus and Calgary community.

Adopt-a-Family applications are now open for the 2020 holiday season. The submission deadline for both Families and for Sponsors is November 13th, 2020 at 4:00 PM.


Please complete the following form and submit it in person to the SU Campus Food Bank.  Remember to bring your UCID card and ID for each of your children.


Please complete the following form and submit it either in person to the SU Camus Food Bank, or by email to


In the summer of 1993, a group of students at the University of Calgary formed a Student Action Committee to tackle the perceived need students had for food assistance. At its inception, the SU Campus Food Bank acted as a depot for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. The Action Committee had no idea how many students needed or would access the service. During the first seven months, 60 student families were fed, this included 141 people.

The SU Campus Food Bank soon outgrew its role as a depot, and became part of the roster of services provided by the Students’ Union.  The SU Campus Food Bank is one of almost 51 food banks found on university and college campuses across Canada.

Donating to the Food Bank

The SU Campus Food Bank always appreciates food and cash donations. However the following is a list (in order of importance) of items that are especially in demand.

  1. Monetary donations
  2. Boxed macaroni and cheese
  3. Pasta sauce, tomato sauce and tomato paste
  4. Pasta and dry soup (Ichiban, Mr. Noodles, etc.)
  5. Canned fruit and vegetables
  6. Canned meat (ham, turkey, chicken) and seafood (salmon, tuna, sardines)
  7. Meal helper (Sidekicks, Hamburger Helpers, Uncle Ben’s, etc.)
  8. Peanut Butter
  9. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate
  10. Toiletries (toilet paper, menstrual hygiene products, travel-sized deodorant, bar soap, etc.)

Food donations are always appreciated. However, monetary donations help us to provide nutritionally balanced hampers that include perishable items such as fresh vegetables, milk and eggs.


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Mandate:  The SU Campus Food Bank aims to provide 7-day emergency food relief to the campus community.

  1. A valid campus ID is required to access the Campus Food Bank services (Unicard, staff ID card or current paystub). A Confirmation of Registration letter may be requested and verified.
  2. Clients may access the service a maximum of 3 times per Fall Semester, 3 times per Winter Semester, 1 time per Spring Semester and 1 time per Summer Semester. A minimum of 30 days between request periods is required.
  3. Exact appointment time for a hamper pick up must be scheduled. No dropping by is permitted.
  4. If you are unable to come for a scheduled pick up appointment you need to call and reschedule. Hampers that have not been rescheduled within 1 business day from their original pick-up appointment will be unpacked, and clients will be required to wait 30 days before they can request another hamper.
  5. Clients are required to arrive 5-10 minutes before their scheduled appointment time. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment you will be required to reschedule your hamper pick-up.
  6. Clients are required to check-in at the front desk with their appointment card and will be directed to the HARVEST ROOM to complete their hamper pick up.
  7. Clients will be required to answer a series of statistical questions. Your personal information is used to determine how often a client has accessed the CFB. All personal information will be kept confidential by the CFB.
  8. The CFB reserves the right to request a minimum of 1 business day (not including weekends) before the hamper becomes available.
  9. Returning CFB clients are required to bring in their own bags for hamper packing during the pick-up appointment.
  10. Additional Resource information is available upon request of the client.


  1. Clients may claim up to 2 legal dependents aged 19 and over and 5 dependents aged 18 and under. Dependents are defined as persons for whom the client is legally responsible and who are financially reliant solely on the client’s income to provide their basic needs.
  2. Dependents need to permanently reside within the same household as the client. Visitors, household guests or roommates are not eligible to be claimed as dependents.Dependents can only be claimed on one hamper per 30-day cycle.
  3. A physical copy of Age ID is required for all members of a household. (license, passport, government identification card, health care card, birth certificate, ucid.)


For those interested in making a financial donation to the SU Campus Food Bank, cash or cheques and be dropped off at Rm 225 MacEwan Student Centre (MSC) between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Cheques can also be mailed to the Main SU Address found on the contact page.  Please address cheques to SU Campus Food Bank.  Debit or Credit donations can be accepted at the Main SU Office (Rm 251 MacEwan Student Centre).

Food donations can be dropped off at Volunteer Services between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you would like to organize a third-party fundraiser or donation event please contact us and we can provide you with promotional materials and support.


SU Campus Food Bank
Rm 225 MacEwan Student Centre (MSC)
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB   T2N 1N4

Phone: (403) 220-8599
Fax: (403) 220-1019

Food Hampers

Curious about what is offered in the food hampers?  The exact contents will depend on what we have available as well as what you prefer.  We try our best to provide nutritionally-balanced hampers, with vegetarian options available for both adults and children.  Specific items are subject to availability and are largely dependant on donations.

Possible hamper items include perishables like apples, oranges, carrots, potatoes, eggs, frozen vegetables, meat and bread. Non-perishable items could include cereal, canned beans, dried beans, flour, Mac & Cheese, pasta, peanut butter and soup.  In addition vegetarian hampers can include Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), and some gluten free items can be provided on request (if available).

Looking for ways to use the food hamper? Check out our CFB cookbook filled with recipes compiled by our volunteers! All the recipes can be made with the items included in the food hamper.

CFB Cookbook

Holiday Hamper

We understand that money can be tight over the holiday season so to eliminate some of your stress the Campus Food Bank has introduced the Holiday Hamper. The Holiday Hamper will be available as an add-on to your regular hamper request or can be ordered as a stand-alone hamper. All your favourite holiday food items will be included!

Available Nov. 18 – Dec. 9, 2020.

Clients are only eligible to receive one Holiday Hamper. Must show valid University of Calgary ID.

For more information contact the SU Campus Food Bank at or 403-220-8599.


The SU Campus Food Bank has new hours for the Fall 2020 semester. Please email or phone to make an appointment to request a hamper.

Monday: 10AM – 1PM

Tuesday: 8AM – 11AM

Wednesday: 10AM – 1PM

Thursday8AM – 11AM

Friday: 10AM – 1PM

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