The Calgary Food Bank should be able to feed a lot more people with $1,300,890 raised through the CBC Calgary Food Bank Drive 2021.
Calgarians and southern Albertans once again opened their hearts and wallets to not only meet but help exceed the $1 million fundraising goal for the 36th annual drive.
They also donated a whopping 12,700 pounds (5,760 kilograms) of food as they joined CBC Calgary Dec. 3-31 for special broadcasts, events, auctions and online sales.
"Going into it was really challenging because everyone in Calgary is optimistic but tired," said James McAra, CEO of the Calgary Food Bank.
"This is phenomenal. It means throughout the year the Calgary Food Bank continues to feed, unfortunately, an ever-increasing number of people who are really struggling."
This year's drive was down a little from previous years, but since launching in 1985, the CBC Calgary Food Bank Drive has raised more than $23 million, including in recent years:
$1,300,890 — in 2021.
$1,447,291 — in 2020.
$1,403,292 — in 2019.
$1,328,075 — in 2018.
$1,446,959 — in 2017.
$1,342,439 — in 2016.
One of the Calgary Eyeopener co-hosts said Calgarians did what they do, once again.
"We hit our goal of $1 million just before Christmas for the CBC Calgary Food Bank Drive," Angela Knight said Thursday.
"But the donations kept coming in over the Christmas break. Our audience never fails to blow me away — their ability to show up."
Alisha Edgelow, the communications, marketing and brand manager at CBC Calgary, said support at the various food collection venues was huge.
"This community, it cares so much," Edgelow said.
"They come out, and they come out in droves, and they just support each other. It's just remarkable."
The virtual shows and meet and greets were a huge success with over 650 guests joining CBC Calgary for some engaging and intimate conversations.
And people shared dozens of heart-warming tales about acts of kindness given, received or both.
Among many acts of kindness from our partners, Fratello Coffee Roasters donated 13,000 bags of One Gray Knight coffee — created specially for the food drive — which was sold to raise funds. The company is now in its 10th year of helping the annual campaign.
And a big thanks to the Parkdale Community Association and Nifty Fifties Seniors Association for their second year collecting in-person donations throughout the campaign.
With files from the Calgary Eyeopener