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Mayor’s Food Drive

On November 17, Mayor Naheed Nenshi and representatives from businesses, community, school systems, and media will come together in a friendly competition for the kick-off to the Mayor’s 29th Annual Christmas Food Drive. Although the event is fun-filled, the reason for coming together is still top-of-mind.

“We wish we could say that there was no need for a food bank and that there was no hunger in Calgary. Unfortunately the need is still high and from our first-hand experience, we do not expect it to ease any time soon,” said Calgary Food Bank CEO James McAra. “We know that Calgarians are still struggling and thanks to the Mayor, the City and sponsors Safeway Sobeys, we will continue to ensure that no one goes hungry.”

Mayor’s Christmas Food Drive sponsor Renée Hopfner, Director Community Investment at Sobeys Inc. said, “We are inspired by the generosity of our customers and leaders in the community such as Mayor Naheed Nenshi.  Together, we can help more neighbours struggling to make ends meet access wholesome food today and into the winter months.”

For the month of December, the Mayor’s 29th Annual Christmas Food Drive will collect important food and funds for families and individuals in need during the holidays and into the New Year. In 2016, the campaign raised more than $685,000 in food & funds.

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We are excited that the CANstruction® Junior competition will be part of the Mayor’s Food Drive festivities again this year. CANstruction® Junior offers students the fun challenge of building something creative from the food they have collected during their food drive. The Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Separate School District are both on board for another year. We can’t wait to see what the students come up with, this year’s theme is… FOOD! The possibilities are endless.

The participating schools have built and submitted their creations! Voting is open until December 18 at noon, please vote for your favorite structure!

For more information or to participate in CANstruction® Junior, please contact Tara Sarjoo at tsarjoo@calgaryfoodbank.com

Drop off your non-perishable food donations at any of our sponsor locations throughout the month of December.

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2016 Mayor's Food Drive Facts


Partner organizations


dollars raised in food and funds


Calgary schools participated

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