Spring has sprung and with that comes the annual spring food drives in support of the Cochrane Activettes Food Bank.

The Cochrane Food Bank typically sees a decrease in food donations from December to March and they heavily rely on the annual food drives to restock their shelves.

The Helping Hands Society of Cochrane and Area is once again preparing for a series of food drives throughout Cochrane's residential neighbourhoods, as well as some recently added neighbouring communities.

For the past two years Helping Hands pivoted its usual plans to comply with COVID-19 health and safety regulations, and still assist the Activettes in keeping the shelves stocked at the food bank.

Like last year, they are holding two food drives this Spring and two in the Fall, each being held in a different section of Cochrane.

The Spring food drives are scheduled to take place on April 23 and May 28, 2022. The first will take place in Cochrane's East/Central neighbourhoods and the second drive will take place in the West Side.

The fall food drives are currently scheduled to take place in the North on September 17 and they'll be door knocking in the South neighbourhoods on October 22. 

You can find a list of participating Cochrane neighbourhoods below.

Food Drive #1 (April 23, 2022) East Central:

  • GlenEagles
  • East End
  • Downtown
  • Glenbow
  • Riverview
  • Greystone

Food Drive #2 (May 28, 2022) West Side:

  • West Valley
  • West Terrace
  • West Pointe
  • Heartland
  • Heritage Hills
  • Bow Meadows
  • Bow Ridge
  • Jumping Pound

Food Drive #3 (September 17, 2022) North:

  • Cochrane Heights
  • Sunterra Heights
  • Sunset Ridge
  • Monterra
  • Water Valley
  • Western Rocky View County

Food Drive #4 (October 22, 2022) South:

  • Fireside
  • River Heights
  • Rivercrest
  • The Willows
  • Riversong
  • Precedence
  • Riviera

Helping Hands is always looking for more volunteers to help with the food drives. Last year the four food drives utilized a total of 674 volunteers giving 1,347 hours in total. If you and your family would like to volunteer to help, you can register here.