The Calgary Interfaith Food Bank depends on donations to distribute food hampers across the city. Hampers contain a week’s worth of groceries and are delivered primarily to the “working poor.” Hampers also exist for emergencies, the homeless, and households with babies.
For over 20 years, Petro-Canada employees and retirees have volunteered their time to this fundraiser. Volunteers contribute over 100,000 hours each year to ensure those hampers are accessible, and to ensure that information on community services and support is made available to individuals and families who are experiencing problems. They have also supported the Food Bank at Stampede breakfasts, during an Easter Drive and through company T-shirt and poster sales.
The Food Bank is constantly updating its programs and creating new and unique initiatives to raise awareness and much needed financial support. The organization does not have access to government funding but generates its own support through a number of fundraising events.
Every December, CBC and Petro-Canada have joined forces to raise money and food for the Calgary Inter-faith Food Bank. Donation centres were set up at the CBC and at Petro-Canada Centre downtown. In 2007, over one million dollars was raised, far exceeding the stated goal of $700,000. See press release "2007 Food Bank Drive Hits $1 Million Record" - December 24, 2007.