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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Get ready for the Mayor's Christmas Food Drive

Christmas is fast approaching once again, and for the last 20 years, City employees have been giving generously to Calgarians struggling to make ends meet.

The 2009 Mayor’s 21st Annual Christmas Food Drive kicks off on Friday, Nov. 20 and runs until Dec. 23. The City of Calgary is one of many sponsor partners who come together every year to support the Drive, and now more than ever, Calgarians need our helping hand to enjoy the celebration of the holidays. Last year, more than 124,000 Calgarians came to the Calgary Food Bank, an increase of 40 per cent from the previous year.

“The Mayor's Food Drive is leadership from the top of our city,” said Calgary Food Bank CEO James McAra. “The involvement of The City conveys the importance Calgary has placed on caring for our community and ensuring there is food for families in crisis.”

Last year, Calgary Food Bank distributed $20 million worth of quality emergency food with up to 100 volunteers helping out each day. And for every $1 donated, the Food Bank can distribute $4 worth of food to those in need.

"Without the Mayor's and The City's leadership and support, the Calgary Food Bank could not meet the growing demand for our services," James added.

Donations can be made in the donations bin at the Mayor’s Office or in the Municipal Atrium. You can also find drop-off locations at the sponsor partner’s locations, including Safeway stores, Calgary Public and Separate Schools, community associations and more. Please visit the Calgary Food Bank website or call 403-253-2059 to find out about all drop-off locations, food items in need and how you can help.

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