Food & Shelter

  
  

Access to Food in Alberta

Provides information about where to find emergency food, lower cost foods, cooking programs and other community food programs. Examples include food banks, Meals on Wheels, community gardens, group cooking and Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Programs.

To find programs in your community, look for your community's name and click on it

Access to Food in Alberta PDF

Alberta Ministry of Community and Social Services (Alberta Supports & Alberta Works)

Support to income, employment, disabilities, community-based supports and services, family violence prevention, and family & community support services.  Please visit Alberta.ca for a complete list of contacts and resources, including application forms and office locations. 

Cantara House

​Offers services for men, women or families in abusive relationships; for others who are concerned about someone, and for anyone wanting a better understanding of abusive relationships.

 

24 Hour Crisis Line 403-793-2232

Admin 403-362-2766

Fax 403-793-8288


Champion's Centre - Medicine Hat & Brooks

The Champion Centre is a Christian charitable organization that serves the physical and spiritual needs of the hungry, homeless and lonely in the community of Medicine Hat, Alberta. We specialize in providing breakfast every day, as well as, assist in providing shelter, clothing, bathing facilities, etc. for these individuals.

Medicine Hat Location: 403-504-0342

24 hrs Phone Number 403-581-8221 (emergency line only)

Medicine Hat Website

Brooks Location: 403-362-4440

Brooks Website

Community Food Connections Association

Community Food Connections Association is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers, agencies and citizens concerned about food, nutrition, health, social justice, the environment and local agriculture. We share a common goal of improving the quality of life for EVERYONE and believe healthy food is a right for all.  

Our main initiatives include the following community groups available in Medicine Hat and Redcliff: 

The Good Food Club: Offers anyone in the communites of Medicine Hat & Redcliff the opportunity to purchase fresh, local when possible, fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices.

Good Food Club Membership Application Form


Community Kitchens: A group of people who get together on a regular basis to cook healthy, low cost meals. Groups may focus on basic food skills, food types, or cooking techniques. Kitchens can be based around the interests and needs of the group, such as food preferences or dietary restrictions.
Community Kitchen workshops are also held as a great way to learn skills that may seem intimidating to try on your own. You will be able to take home what you have prepared at the workshop. Workshops are typically helo on a Saturday morning, and the average cost is $10/person. Please check the website for upcoming workshops.

See website for a list of current kitchens available and their contact information.


Community Gardens: Provides a shared space for residents to grow their own vegetables, thereby enhancing both physical and emotional well-being. During the growing season they also offer opportunities for gardeners to participate in workshops or tours to learn about existing and new gardening practices. Upcoming events & workshops will be posted on their website.

Community Garden Application Form


See website or call 403-502-6096 for more information.

Compassionate Ministry Centre (Hope Street)

Hope Street Compassionate Ministry Centre provides a family safe environment where individuals can receive a hot and nutritious meal each Sunday afternoon at no cost.  

Located in the Fellowship Hall at St Barnabas Anglican Church located at 635 – 4th Street SE, Downtown Medicine Hat, AB. Doors open at 2:30pm and the meal is served at 3:00pm. 

Clothing and household items are available the first Sunday of each month, as well as additional food hampers. 

For more information, call 403-458-HOPE (4673)

Food Bank

​Grocery Basket Program, Grocery Basket Room

Medicine Hat: 403-528-4313, ext 1
Oyen: 403-664-2255
Brooks & Bassano:  403-793-2535  http://brooksfoodbank.ca/ 
Bow Island: 403-957-1075

Food Coalition of Brooks

​Brooks will enjoy "food security" when all of our people, at all times, have access to nutritious, safe, personally acceptable and culturally appropiate foods obtained in a manner that maintains human dignity.


Call 403-363-1048 or email goodfoodforall@gmail.com

Healthy Eating Resources (AHS)

​These resources provide individuals, parents, families, child cares, schools and workplaces more guidance on healthy eating.

Holy Family Parish - St. Vincent de Paul

Located in Medicine Hat, please call 403-527-6933

Assistance and programs.

McMan Youth, Family & Community Services

McMan provides a wide range of services for youth, families and adults across southern Alberta.


McMan Parent Link Centre

A resource for parents and caregivers to help strengthen parenting skills and ensure positive child development. Provides families with support and education to assist them in finding the information and services needed to help their children develop to their full potential and enter school ready to learn. Services Medicine Hat, Brooks, & surrounding rural areas.

Core services include:

-Parent education

-Early childhool development and care

-Family support

-Information and referrals

-Ages and stages developmental screening

For more information about programs call 1-888-878-5465, in Medicine Hat & area call 403-504-0833, or Brooks & area call 403-362-5056.

www.parentlinkcentre.com


Choices for Change

A program designed specifically for unemployed and marginally employed, or individuals who have barriers to gaining employment. The program provides intensive wrap around supports to establish employment routines and break cyclical homelessness and patterns of limited self-sufficiency. The goal is to work directly with clients along with local service agencies, medical and mental health services providers, government and legal services, and private sector employers. 

Contact the Program Supervisor at 403-527-1588 Ext 290


Inn Between

Inn Between provides care and support for up to 6 youth who require emergency housing and supports. The youth are between the ages of 12 - 17 and are in need of a short-term placement where they can achieve stabilization in a safe and consistent environment. While residing at the Inn Between, they are assisted with developing a case plan for learning life skills, continuing their education, increasing social skills, and accessing community resources. Supports are also available for family reunification or securing sustainable housing in the community. 

Call 403-529-6367

Meals on Wheels

Medicine Hat:

The Meals on Wheels Program is for those who are unable to make their own meals. Meals are delivered hot, Monday through Friday, with frozen meals available for the weekends. Meals are are delivered during our delivery window, between 10:00am and 12:00pm by our trained volunteers. 

For more information, please call 403-525-8885 

Meals on Wheels Application Form


For information about Meals on Wheels in other communities, please call the numbers below:
Oyen: 403-664-3661
Bassano: 403-641-3788

Brooks & District: 403-362-4131

Brooks Meals on Wheels Assessment Form
Bow Island: 403-545-2074

Medicine Hat Community Housing Society

​Affordable housing for families and individuals who have a low income. Qualifying incomes are defined by the Province of Alberta and outlined below according to the types of housing currently available.

 

Rent Supplements: If you are in need of ongoing financial assistance to pay your rent, you may qualify for one of two types of the MHCHS’s Private Market Rent Supplement program:

Phone 403-527-4507

 

Client to complete application and be accepted.

 

MHCHS Standard Application 2015

 

MHCHS Seniors Application 2015

Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society (Phoenix Safe House)

​If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence and in need of support, please contact the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society crisis line at 403-529-1091 or call our toll free number at 1-800-661-7949 (24 hours).

The emergency shelter, Pheonix Safe House, takes in women with or without children fleeing from abuse. Men can call the 24 Hour Helpline at 403-529-1091. Both women and men can also do drop in appointments with crisis workers.

Phone 403-527-8223 (Admin) 

Fax 403-526-0209

 

Support Groups:

Children’s Support Group:  This group runs from September to June and open to all children.  Subject and activities are based on education about family violence, safety planning, boundaries and coping skills.  The subjects are presented through children oriented activities, games and crafts.  This is an open group, so children can begin at any time in the year as long as there is space in the group.  If interested, contact a Child Support Worker at 403-527-8223.

Growing Together:  This group is offered to parents and children, parents go to an adult group and the children go to a children’s group.  Subject material is same, but presented appropriate to their age.  During the last 15 minutes of the group, parent and child come together for an attachment exercise.

Seeds to Success Group:  A 6 week group to introduce individuals to group support and value of groups.  Work will include information on family violence, introduction to groups and safety planning.  For further information contact an Outreach Worker at 403-527-8223.

Journey to Hope and Healing Group:  A 10 week group for individuals who have experienced family violence and working towards healing themselves after abuse.  Topics include; information on family violence, guilt, shame and blame, safety planning, health relationships and boundaries.  Individuals are also offered one to one support during this process. Contact an Outreach Worker at 403-527-8223.

Male Victim Support Group:  New group for males who have experienced family violence in their homes. Contact an Outreach Worker at 403-527-8223.

Outreach Services:  Outreach and one to one supports are offered to women, men, youth and children who have experienced or experiencing violence in their homes.  Outreach services are available to anyone by calling 403-527-8223 and ask to speak to an Outreach Worker or Child Support Worker. Outreach Workers are located at #5 1036 – 7th ST. SW (The Ridge) or the Safe Families Intervention Team at the Medicine Hat Police Services.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, including shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. We also provide social and community service programs that focuses on nurturing the capacities, skills and strengths of individuals, rather than just meeting their needs.

Medicine Hat:
Community Church – 164 Stratton Way SE 
403-527-2474


Centre of Hope (Shelter) – 737 8 Street SE 
Open from 7:30pm - 7:30am to people 18 years and older. A snack is provided (if the individual misses the hot meal program on 4 St), as well as breakfast in the morning. Supplies guests with a warm bed, laundry services, & hot showers. Provides crisis support and referrals to other agencies as required.
403-526-9699


Thrift Store – 457 3 Street SE
403-526-6822


Community Resource Centre – 476 4 Street SE (back alley entrance)
    Hot meal served from 5-6pm

      Family Services from 11am-3pm
        Community Warmth: Utility assistance for those who have received a disconnection notice or have been disconnected

          Bridge & Loan: Through an application process this program offers an interest free loan for rent or damage deposit

            Spiritual Support: Provides bibles, devotional and inspirational material, and spiritual support

              Family Assistance: Provides various forms of assistance through clothing, housewares, furniture, vouchers. Also Identification and prescription assistance and limited bus tickets.

                Christmas Assistance: Assistance with food & gifts, and resource information

                  Camps: variety of camp opportunities during the summer months. Visit www.pinelakecamp.ca.

                  403-548-3247



                  Brooks: 
                  Brooks Family Care Centre – 112 2 Street SE
                  Provides families in need and/or in crisis with vouchers for clothing, housewares, emergency travel, and winter apparel.
                  403-362-3117


                  Thrift Store - 112 2 Street W
                  403-362-3117