Essential Needs Support

Essential Needs

We believe that all community members have the right to food, shelter, transportation, and other basic needs. To that end, we have partnered with other organizations, funders and volunteers to provide the following:

Access to Food:
Cochrane Activettes Food Bank  

  • IMPORTANT FOOD BANK INFORMATION
    The Cochrane Activettes Food Bank is operating while the COVID-19 response is underway. The program is adapted to meet the needs of the community during this time.

    The Cochrane Activettes, Cochrane FCSS and Family Resource Network partner to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry.

    Information: 
    • No financial proof of hardship required
    • Eligibility for access is residency in Cochrane or West Rocky View County
    • Regular Food Program pick up times are:
      • Tue - 12:45-1:45pm
      • Wed - 3:45-4:45pm
      • Thu - 5:15-6:30pm
    • Weekly ’drive by’ option for items they have excess of on Tuesdays 3:45-4:30pm. Bring your own bags for this. First come, first serve. Drive By Service WILL NOT be offered if temperatures reach -20 or colder during the winter months.

To request a food hamper:

  • For families with children 0-18 years call the Family Resource Network at 403-851-2265.
    Hours: 9am-12pm & 1-4pm, Mon-Fri.
  • For individuals/families without children and older adults call the Cochrane FCSS at 403-851-2250.
    Hours: 9am-4pm, Mon-Fri.

Meals For Your Freezer - Cochrane FCSS & Helping Hands Society of Cochrane & Area: 

  • For individuals and families who would benefit from access to prepared frozen meals. Frozen Entrées offer choice and flexibility while providing meals that are heart healthy and diabetic friendly. Each meal is well balanced and includes a starch, protein, and vegetable. Meals cost $6.50 each and soup is $5.
  • Printable version of the Order form
  • PDF Fillable version of the Order form

Transportation:

  • Cochrane FCSS provides access to transportation options. These include subsidized COLT passes for qualifying residents who meet the following criteria: 
    • Live with a lower income 
    • Health or mobility challenges that prevent you from driving
    • No access to a vehicle or no license
    • Limited or no access to friends or family who can provide transportation
  • Helping Hands Society of Cochrane and Area - Volunteer Drivers  
  • Rocky View Regional Handibus
    • Online help 
    • Call  403-948-2887 
    • Booking hours: Mon-Fri-, 8am-3pm        
  • For any resident where the above options do not meet your needs, we recommend you meet with an FCSS Resource Worker to discuss what other options might be available. 

Shelter/ Housing for people with lower incomes or with temporary shelter needs: 

  • Cochrane Society for Housing Optionswebsite
    • offers an affordable housing program for those who qualify. See website for eligibility requirements.
  • Housing Related Supports 
    • For individuals and families who are temporarily in need of shelter because of sudden loss of housing due to circumstances beyond their control; 
    • Or those struggling to find affordable housing who may not qualify for CSHO housing or are on a wait list, 
    • A Resource Worker will meet with you to better understand your needs and explore local or regional options with you.