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Learning About Food Insecurity: Not having enough money for food

Learning About Food Insecurity

Not having enough money for food

What is food insecurity?

There may be times when you worry about having enough money for food for you and your family. You may also struggle to find healthy foods. You might sometimes not have enough food for each meal. These are all examples of food insecurity.

A healthcare provider can help you find services available to support you. They can better help you if they know you are worried about having enough money for food or if you have other challenges because of financial strain.

Where can you get help?

There are different types of income supports, community services, social supports, and health benefits available in Alberta. Ask your healthcare provider to help you find out more.

211 Alberta can help connect you to income and other supports.

You can access 211 in Alberta:

  • By phone (dial 211)
  • By texting INFO to 211
  • By online chat

Your healthcare provider may be able to provide you with better care if they know you are experiencing financial strain.

Some of the services they can help you access include:

Benefits Finder (Government of Canada)
This includes federal and provincial income supports and other programs.

Alberta supports

Information to help you find and apply for family and social supports.

Free community tax clinics

You may be missing out on income benefits, like GST/HST credits, child benefits, and working income tax benefits, if you do not file your taxes. Many community organizations host free tax clinics to help eligible people get their taxes done for free.

LawCentral Alberta
Information to help link people in Alberta to legal information and help.

Free Food in Alberta directories

A list of food banks, food hampers, and free meals available in different communities in Alberta. These directories include program details, locations, and contact information.

To see this information online and learn more, visit


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Current as of: January 25, 2022

Author: Nutrition Services, Alberta Health Services

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