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Helping Feed Your Community #FeedItForward

Helping Feed Your Community #FeedItForward

Calgary has been hit hard by the downturn in the oil and gas sector. Every day brings the news of more people losing their jobs. While it would be great if everyone had 6 months of buffer so this wouldn’t hit them hard, but that isn’t the real world. Instead, losing your job can be one of the most difficult things a family can face. When the worst happens, sometimes it can be hard to reach out and ask for help. Thankfully, there are many places in Calgary that people who are struggling can reach out to for help.

Maple Leaf Foods is taking part in giving families in need too. Starting on Family Day (February 15), Maple Leaf is giving 10,000 families across Canada $100 of free groceries, totalling nearly $100,000 in free groceries across the country! They also realize that a downturn in the economy hits not for profit organizations hard as well. A decrease in donations make it harder to support the people who need it most. Help Maple Leaf help these important organizations by visiting Maple Leaf Feed It Forward and sharing your story of an organization or individual that has gone above-and-beyond to support your community or your family.

The reality that 1 in 8 families and 1 in 6 children face hunger on a regular basis is inconceivable in a country with as much abundance as Canada. Let’s Feed it Forward to thank and recognize the people in our communities who have made a positive difference by feeding the potential of others. They could receive a $10,000 donation towards their organization and enjoy free Maple Leaf groceries for a year. And just by nominating them you could have the opportunity to receive free Maple Leaf groceries for a year. (Rules & Regulations)

Maple Leaf Foods gave me a $100 gift card to share with a local non-profit of my choice. Before I chose, I headed to twitter to determine who to give it to. Here are some of the great suggestions I got from my followers:

I gave it some thought and decided to donate to the Calgary Food BankEstablished in 1982, the Calgary Food Bank is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to gathering and distributing quality emergency food to those in need. The majority of people The Calgary Food Bank assists are working-poor Calgarians struggling to make ends meet. The Calgary Food Bank is not a government or United Way agency. They rely solely on the generous support of our community. In 2015 1 in 9 families in Calgary used the Calgary Food Bank.

Want to give to the Calgary Food Bank yourself? Here are some of their most needed items:

  • Money is always welcome
  • Canned Soup
  • Fruit Juice
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Canned Green Veggies
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Canned Fruit
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Fish
  • Canned Meat
  • Baby Formula
  • Diapers

You can drop your donations by their location at 5000 11 Street SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5 or online. It’s easy peasy. Just look for the “Donations” sign to know where to go.

Calgary Food Bank

Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by Maple Leaf Foods but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Helping Feed Your Community #FeedItForward