“We have seen a steady increase in the number of new clients due to the downturn in the economy and we anticipate that to continue through the Fall,” said Keoma Duce, Development Coordinator for the Calgary Food Bank
“Budgets are already stretched but when you add back-to-school expenses or a job loss this can create a crisis where many families find they need emergency food support. So this food drive is critical to ensuring we have the quality food for Calgarians in need.”
For the past 11 years, 7,000 families volunteer to make this important event happen. The week prior to the food drive, volunteers leave collection bags and information flyers on the doorsteps of neighbourhoods throughout the city.
The donations are then picked up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Non-perishable food donations may also be brought to the warehouse until 5 p.m.