Today, I joined with The Calgary Food Bank, my City of Calgary colleagues, Canada Safeway, many local media personalities, and representatives from every organization in this poster to launch the 26th Annual Mayor's Christmas Food Drive.
While I'm proud that Calgarians come together (whenever the need arises!) to help their neighbours, I'm sad to say that the need has not gone away. Too many of our fellow citizens still go hungry. Over the last year, 129,948 families and individuals had to use the Calgary Food Bank, and 42 per cent of them were children.
The holidays aren't an easy time for a lot of our fellow Calgarians--especially following the heavy September snowfall and power outages in the core in October. And the Calgary Food Bank knows the need for food hampers is about to jump (as it always does in December) by 70 per cent.
Last year, Calgarians helped raise over half a million dollars worth of food and cash donations through the Mayor’s Christmas Food Drive. Please help me to beat that amount this year. Together, we can make our community hunger-free.
You can donate food at any of our partner locations (indicated in the poster) or make a cash donation online.
- Mayor Naheed Nenshi