Food Depot launches 30 Days of Community Caring Campaign for 2014 holiday season

fooddepotToday, Food Depot Alimentaire announced the support of several groups and organizations in conjunction with their annual 30 Days of Community Caring Campaign which kicked off today and ends on Dec. 20.

Over the next 30 days, a number of activities will take place in the community with the shared goal of raising food and funds in support of the Christmas box program along with sustaining FDA operations throughout the winter months.

Christmas and the cold winter months create additional costs to low-income families who must turn to food banks for assistance in helping them juggle this financial burden. In past years, FDA would be approached by various organizations on an individual basis to provide assistance. These individual offers of support are now joined together under one huge effort known as the 30 Days of Community Caring Campaign.

“The response by the community over the next month really allows us to sustain our operation through the dreary winter months and into spring,” said Dale Hicks, president of Food Depot’s board of directors. “Without this combined effort many food bank shelves would be empty by early January.”

The 2013 campaign saw the community donate 4,800 turkeys, fill and deliver 1,750 Christmas food boxes, collect 15,000 pounds of food and raise $20,000. “The total in terms of a dollar value exceeded $300,000,” said Mr. Hicks. “It is a significant response and a testimony to the generosity of the community we live in”.

For more information on the campaign, visit www.fooddepot.ca or call 506-383-4281.

The photos below show just a few of the many organizations and individuals who showed up to pledge their support at today’s event.

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