Cal­gary land­lords drive food bank ini­tia­tive

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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.

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