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The Common Cupboard


Common Cupboard is a community fridge, freezer, and pantry located in the neighbourhood of Bowness, Calgary. The purpose of the Common Cupboard is to provide free healthy food and toiletries to anyone who may need it within Bowness and the surrounding area. It is accessible 24/7, with the motto “take what you need, leave what you can ''. This serves to help our low income neighbours and people who have fallen on hard times in the last few years due to the pandemic. The fridge and pantry is stocked by individual community members, monetary donations to purchase groceries, and volunteers picking up rescued food (leftovers) from surrounding businesses. The need is great and the fridge empties daily. 

Common Cupboard aims to build community; connecting donors, recipients, and volunteers. The initial goal is to help meet the basic need of food security.


Monetary donations can be sent by e-transfer to Note that it is for the Common Cupboard in the message.

What to Donate to the Cupboard?

This infographic will give you a great overview of what we are looking for as far as food and toiletry donations, and what for safety reasons we are unable to accept.


For regular updates on what's going on with the Cupboard and what's needed, follow The Common Cupboard on Instagram @thecommoncupboardbowness

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