Calgary landlords drive food bank initiative
City landlords are in the final planning stages for the latest edition of a unique food drive.
For the third straight year, the Calgary Apartment Association is mobilizing a major one-evening initiative — one that involves supporters that include large and small apartment unit owners, property managers and tenants — to help The Calgary InterFaith Food Bank.
“Last year, we served almost 125,000 Calgarians,” says James McAra, CEO of the food bank. “This year, demand is up another 15 per cent.”
Calgarians live in “one of the wealthiest cities in one of the wealthiest countries in the entire world, yet the demands on the Calgary Food Bank continue to grow,” says Gerry Baxter of the Calgary Apartment As- sociation. “It’s a horrible problem and we, as an association, have the opportunity — some may even say an obligation — to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.”
The Vacancy at the Food Bank drive is slated for this coming Wednesday between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Association landlords and property managers have literally thousands of rental units under their control.
With the assistance of landlords and building managers, volunteers will either go door-to-door, or a central collection point will be designated where tenants can drop off food or money.
For every $1 raised, the food bank can distribute $4 worth of food.