Stuff a Bus

October 23, 2015

It’s one of Calgary’s largest single day food drive events and with food bank demands spiking the food collection at Co-op stores around the city comes at a time of heavy need.

November 7, 2015 will be the 23rd year the Calgary Co-op, Calgary Transit and the Calgary Food Bank have joined forces for their Stuff a Bus event.

The current economy in Calgary has been tough and there’s no shortage of articles describing the level of need at local food banks. these food banks.

“It is important for us to be involved as it allows our members and employees to help be a part of the solution regarding helping families to put food on the table” said Laura Brown, Calgary Co-op Corporate Social Responsibility Director. “We know that families struggle throughout the year, however during the holiday season we know that this can be a particularly difficult time. Being part of the community we take pride in being able to help.”

This event has been extremely successful every year with each subsequent year topping the amount of money and food donated.

“In 2014 we collected 78,890 pounds of food and $40,674 in funds” said Brown. “That equals to $200,013.”

The event extends beyond the city limits and also works with the neighboring communities that are also a part of the Calgary Co-op community.

“We stuff one bus at each Calgary location and a van at Midtown” explained Brown. “For High River, Strathmore and Airdrie, we also promote the event and all items collected go to their food banks.”

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