Calgary Food Bank

Calgary Food Bank

July 07, 2010 18:23 ET

Friends of the Food Bank Chuck Wagon Ready to Race as Third Annual Put the Boots to Hunger Campaign Kicks Off

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) - When you are watching the chuck wagon races at the 2010 Calgary Stampede this year, one wagon will take us all right back to the roots of the chuck wagons, feeding people. The Friends of the Calgary Food Bank wagon will be leading the charge to feed the hungry in Calgary through the Put the Boots to Hunger campaign.

Driven by their support for the wider community and their feeling of corporate responsibility, partners, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP (BD&P), cancelled their annual Stampede party in 2009. Instead they have committed themselves to the goal of assisting the Food Bank in obtaining the resources it needs year round to ensure that all Calgarians who need to rely on the Food Bank, can do so.

"During the downturn in the economy last year we took a long hard look at our annual client party and the current situation many families in Calgary were facing. It just seemed like a real opportunity to step up and recognize that we were in a position to help those in need during a time that was producing some really difficult situations for families," said BD&P's Vice Chair, Harry Campbell. "A sense of community and support is part of our culture here and we felt that we could make something really positive happen."

BD&P has contributed $200,000 in 2010 as a continuation of their support for this legacy fundraising event. This year more than 50 community groups and corporations will be joining BD&P in hosting events and sponsoring nights at the races in support of the Put the Boots to Hunger campaign.

This year's wagon will be driven by Barry Hodgson, a veteran horseman hailing from Wetaskiwin, Alberta, who will be making his second consecutive appearance at the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Championship. Barry is proud to support the Calgary Food Bank and the Put the Boots to Hunger 2010 campaign.

Additional support for the campaign has come from Highwood Crossing Farms, whose locally produced, organic Flax Seed Pancake Mix can be found in a number of retail locations. A percentage of each sale will support the Put the Boots to Hunger campaign.

You can support the Put the Boots to Hunger campaign by visiting any Stampede BBQ or breakfast supporting the Calgary Food Bank, with a cash or food donation. A complete list of all Put the Boots to Hunger events can be found at You can also stop by Fluor Rope Square anytime during Stampede and make a donation of food or funds.

The Food Bank is experiencing its largest need for emergency food hampers in nearly 10 years. This year, more than 140,000 Calgarians will come to us for Emergency Food Hampers. The majority of these people continue to be the working poor. 41% of them are children.

Companies and individuals can support the Put the Boots to Hunger campaign with a quick phone call to the Calgary Food Bank for materials, ideas and support in helping lead the charge to feed the hungry in Calgary.

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Contact Information

  • Calgary Food Bank
    Brooke Hunter
    403-640-8819 or Cell: 403-519-2125
    Burnet Duckworth and Palmer Law Firm LLP
    Brian Feick