Calgary Food Bank

Calgary Food Bank

August 27, 2009 12:25 ET

Calgary Food Bank: Families Helping Families During Difficult Times

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2009) - With Calgary's help last year's City-Wide Food Drive smashed the Guinness World Record for most food collected in a single day. 509,147 lbs of food were collected by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in partnership with the Calgary Food Bank.

2009 marks the 5th anniversary of the City-Wide Food Drive. This tradition has raised more than 1.5 million pounds of food for the Calgary Food Bank. Last year 89,586 Calgarians came to the Food Bank, 43% of those were children. Since September 2008 demand for Emergency Food Hampers has increased by more than 40%. Now more than ever hunger affects someone you know.

We're asking Calgarians to show their support once again and make this year about something more important than a world record. At a time of year when donations to the Calgary Food Bank have slowed but many families and individuals facing crisis are still in need of help, this event will assist those who are hungry for months to follow. Families helping families is the key to accomplishing this!

In the days preceding the drive, some 7,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will drop a flyer and donation bag on the doorsteps of 370,000 Calgary homes. Residents can donate by simply placing non-perishable food items on their doorsteps before 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 19. Church volunteers will then retrace their steps and pick up donations by 1 p.m. and drop them off at various collection points throughout the city. Transportation companies will then haul the food to the Calgary Food Bank. Corporate food and cash donations are also welcome.

This is an opportunity for Calgary to once again demonstrate their compassion and commitment to families helping families.

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