Cal­gary Food Bank gets huge boost in food, cash do­na­tions

Calgary Herald - - CITY -

A Ra­madan food drive gar­nered much-needed sup­plies for the Cal­gary In­ter-faith Food Bank.

On Fri­day, Is­maili CIVIC An­nual Ra­madan Food Drive vol­un­teers de­liv­ered more than 1,540 kilo­grams of fresh and non-per­ish­able food items, over $2,500 in cash do­na­tions, and 100 home­made cloth face masks for the health and safety of food bank work­ers and vol­un­teers.

Un­de­terred by the pan­demic, the vol­un­teers ad­justed their food drive strat­egy this Ra­madan, re­sult­ing in do­na­tions that are more im­pact­ful for food bank clients and front-line work­ers.

“We are truly grate­ful for this year’s Is­maili CIVIC food drive ini­tia­tive. Their food do­na­tions will pro­vide im­me­di­ate re­lief for Cal­gar­i­ans ex­pe­ri­enc­ing food in­se­cu­rity and their cash do­na­tions give us the flex­i­bil­ity to put those dol­lars where we need them most,” said Avaleen Stree­ton, food bank food in­dus­try co-or­di­na­tor.

“With the con­tin­ued sup­port of our val­ued com­mu­nity mem­bers, we will be able to en­sure that no one goes hungry for the weeks and months to come.”

The food bank also ac­cepted a do­na­tion last week of $21,000 from two lo­cal busi­nesses that part­ner to raise money for those suf­fer­ing the most dur­ing the pan­demic. JAN-PRO Clean­ing Sys­tems joined forces with ac­count­ing firm Achen Hen­der­son to make the do­na­tion.

The money from JAN-PRO is from its pro­pri­etary En­vi­roshield dis­in­fec­tion sys­tem be­ing used by Cal­gary com­pa­nies deemed es­sen­tial ser­vices dur­ing the pan­demic.

“Our staff and fran­chise com­mu­nity have got be­hind it, and now our staff is also start­ing a food drive cam­paign by them­selves,” said JAN-PRO pres­i­dent Bruce Weaver.

To max­i­mize the do­na­tion, JANPRO part­nered with Achen Hen­der­son, which do­nated 100 per cent of its base fil­ing fee from each new per­sonal tax re­turn it filed this year. “We found a neat way for our cus­tomers to par­tic­i­pate in do­ing some­thing good for the com­mu­nity. All the team was fully on board,” said Clay­ton Achen, part­ner at Achen Hen­der­son.

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