Calgary Food Bank wins CBE Lighthouse Award

On April 9, the Calgary Food Bank was named the recipient of the Board of Trustee’s Lighthouse Award for outstanding support provided to CBE students.

The CBE and the Calgary Food Bank have a long standing relationship which focuses heavily on the importance of nourishing growing bodies and minds, as well as the importance of a good start for our kids.

We have worked together on many programs, including a breakfast and lunch program at Piitoaysis Family School, Food Link which provides food programs to children in need at seven CBE schools and WAM (Weekends and More) which sends bags of food home with children identified as food insecure.

Canstruction Calgary, which ran in March of this year, unveiled their theme which CBE students will also be using: iCanic Structures. After the structures are built and judged, and Decanstructed, the food is donated to the Mayor’s Food Drive, which runs in conjunction with Canstruction Junior and is Calgary’s largest food drive. Last year, an estimated $600,000 in food was raised across the city in the name of the Mayor’s Food Drive.Another exciting program the CBE and Calgary Food Bank work together on is the Canstruction Junior Contest. Last year, seven CBE schools participated in this exciting, educational fundraiser that allows kids to build big, beautiful structures out of non-perishable food items.

We would like to send a big thank you to CBE for the award, but mostly for being such an outstanding partner and helping us achieve our mandate: creating a hunger-free community.

Photo courtesy of the Calgary Board of Education. 
From left to right: Etta, Grade 8 student, David Thompson School; Meredith, Grade 8 student, David Thompson School; Dolores Coutts, Manager, Communications & Development, Calgary Food Bank and CBE Chair Joy Bowen-Eyre

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