Calgary Food Bank

Calgary Food Bank

June 14, 2010 10:00 ET

Registry Agents Form Partnership With Food Banks Across Alberta

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 14, 2010) - Registry agents throughout Alberta have recruited the help of their customers in support of the food banks in the province.

In 2009 the expansion of the beverage container deposit program to include milk containers was going to have a detrimental effect on the Calgary Food Bank's bottom line to the tune of about $43,000. That was when Calgary Registry Agent Dennis Howie stepped in.

"My involvement with the Calgary Food Bank goes back years," said Howie. "My parents were two of its founding members and the idea that these funds were to be diverted from providing sustenance to paying deposits, just didn't seem right. I knew registry agents could help. Registry agents in the province had been looking for a way to show their involvement in their communities and food banks touch every corner of the province. This seemed to be a natural fit."

Agents have set up collection containers at their counters and customers are asked to donate. A simple donation of 25 cents covers the recycling deposit on one milk container. On Tuesday, June 15 Calgary agents will be presenting a cheque for $24, 441.23 to the Calgary Food Bank during the banquet ceremonies at the annual agent convention hosted at the Radisson Canmore. This amount represents the funds collected to May 31.

"With a little more effort, we are likely to meet and exceed our goal of $45,000," said Howie, "and we challenge the registry agents in Edmonton to match that!" Indeed, agents throughout Alberta are already working with their local food banks to set similar goals. "Our customers have been fantastic in offering donations and I'd like to recognize their contribution as well as that of the staff of the agencies that have been supporting this cause."

"It's a fantastic fundraising effort. Dennis had a great idea to raise money a small amount of change and a time and it is paying off in a big way," said Calgary Food Bank CEO, James McAra. "Not having to worry about the extra cost of recycling milk cartons means we have more money to distribute quality food and milk to Calgarians in need."

Alberta registry agents kick off their annual convention with a golf tournament at Kananaskis. Agents will be collecting donations from participants who would like to substitute a shot from the club pro for their own. A representative from the Bow Valley Trail Food Bank will be on hand at the banquet on Tuesday evening to accept donations.

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Contact Information

  • Calgary Food Bank
    Nollind van Bryce
    Manager, Communications and Resource Development
    Association of Alberta Registry Agents
    Pamela Wilson
    Executive Director, Administration