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Mayor’s Food Drive

During the month of December, businesses, students and communities came together with Mayor Naheed Nenshi to support the Calgary Food Bank. The MayorsFoodDrive collected important food and funds for families and individuals in need during the holidays and into the New Year. The 2017 campaign raised a total of $641,847 in food and funds.

“I’m incredibly proud of the hard work by all our partners to make this year’s Christmas Food Drive a success,” said Mayor Nenshi. “This shows that, even in the midst of a fragile economic recovery, Calgarians remain committed to supporting their fellow citizens in need.”

“The Mayor of Calgary leads by example, encouraging our community to help each other,” says Calgary Food Bank CEO James McAra. “The need for emergency food continues at unprecedented levels and we do not expect it to ease any time soon.  Calgarians are still struggling and thanks to the Mayor and our City, we will continue to ensure that no one goes hungry.”

“Sobeys, Safeway and IGA are very proud to partner with the Calgary Food Bank 365 days of the year,” says Renee Hopfner, Director Community Investment, Sobeys Inc. “During these difficult economic times, our stores continue to look for ways to help those seeking support.  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.”

The generosity of Calgarians has ensured that the we can keep pace with the need and feed YYC. This past year, more than 184,500 lives have been affected for a record high of over 90,800 hampers.

The 2017 campaign raised a total of $641,847 in food and funds, thank you!


We were excited that the CANstruction® Junior competition was 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 both came on board for another year. This year’s theme was… FOOD! The possibilities are endless. Sunnyside School won the best meal award, Connect Charter School won best use of theme, West Ridge School won best structural integrity award and the people’s choice winners were Edgemont School. A huge thank you to all the schools for participating and building creative structures.

Thank you to our sponsor locations!

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2017 Mayor's Food Drive Facts


Partner organizations


Participating Locations


dollars raised in food and funds


Participating Schools


Canstruction Jr Creations

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