CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - October 02, 2016) - As YYC readies to open to the world, the Calgary Airport Authority, stakeholders and community gathered on Saturday evening for the official unveiling of Calgary International Airport's new International Terminal. In recognition of the community YYC serves, a donation was presented to the Calgary Food Bank from the Authority and many of the guests in attendance.
Calgary Food Bank CEO James McAra was on hand to accept the cheque for $112,875.
"It is wonderful to have the Calgary Airport Authority and its community recognize, through this donation, the contributions the Calgary Food Bank makes, especially at a time when we head into our busiest season," Calgary Food Bank CEO, James McAra, explained. "This generous donation will go a long way to help families in crisis."
"The Calgary Food Bank's support to Calgarians is incredibly important," said Garth Atkinson, President and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority. "The Authority and YYC community really rallied together in making this donation a reality and I am really proud that collectively we could also a play a small role in helping the Calgary community."
Since the downturn in the Alberta economy two years ago, the Calgary Food Bank has seen a steady increase in need as people's savings and severance packages run out. In the past fiscal year (September 1, 2015- August 31, 2016) they have provided support to more than 170,000 clients with 5,000 plus emergency hampers every month.
For more statistics or information on how to donate, visit calgaryfoodbank.com
ABOUT THE CALGARY AIRPORT AUTHORITY
The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital organization, incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act, and is responsible for the management, maintenance and development of Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Springbank (YBW) Airport under long-term lease from the Government of Canada. The Authority has invested $3.8 billion into the continued development of YYC, opening Canada's longest runway in 2014 and a new International Terminal in 2016. YYC is a key economic driver for Calgary and Alberta, generating more than $8 billion in economic activity annually and creating 48,000 regional and 24,000 on-airport jobs. Appointers to The Calgary Airport Authority Board of Directors are the Calgary Chamber Long range Planning Committee, the City of Calgary, Rocky View County and the Government of Canada.