Helping Hands is mobilizing its extensive network of volunteers to help where possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is also encouraging people to buy a few extra groceries and drop them off at collection bins at Cochrane grocery stores.

The postponement of Helping Hands’ essential Apr. 25 food drive means the Cochrane Activettes food bank will be under pressure to meet the needs of the area. In addition to their regular program, the Activettes are providing emergency food baskets for those impacted by the coronavirus.

Helping Hands executive director Matthew Hagel says donations made at grocery stores will go a long way in helping fill the gap, as will monetary donations contributed directly to the Activettes.

“When people are out shopping for their groceries, maybe they can buy a little extra and put it in the local grocery bins throughout Cochrane. There are lots of volunteers that collect it regularly, and get the items to the food bank.”

The Activettes also welcome people to drop off nonperishable food, personal care items, and cleaning products outside the door of The Clothesline, #3 122-4 Ave., between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The store is otherwise closed.

Fewer Helping Hands volunteer drivers are required to make trips to Calgary and are readily available to help with issues arising from self-isolation and social distancing.

“Helping Hands is here to help people who are isolated, people who are injured or any families experiencing some challenges,” says Hagel.

With town offices being closed, Helping Hands is operating remotely. You can contact them by phoning 587-580-9448 or emailing either or

Helping Hands links people to those who need help. They have a network of about 200 volunteers assisting with a wide range of programs