Food Drive SUCCESS!

Thank you Calgary! Your generosity is amazing.

Once again, Calgarians have shown their care for this city and community.

Our Kids in Motion and Day Campers planned to raise 8,000 lbs of food for the Calgary Food Bank this week.

We haven’t even finished weighing, and we’re already at 10,682 lbs! That’s a lot of food!

[Update: Tuesday, August 19 – With boxes from the branches, our total food collected is 11,442 lbs!!! Thank you, Calgary!]

If you’d still like to donate, drop off food donations at any YMCACalgary location before Monday, August 18 or contact the Calgary Food Bank directly.

 

Photos

Check out our photo album on Facebook for some shots of excited kids, big bags of food, and smiling Food Bank staff!

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Stories

Did you know, one family in Ogden donated 500 lbs of rice! Jenna, a YMCA staff member, drove over and picked up 25 sacs of rice because they were too heavy for the campers to carry down the block.

On some streets during the food collection there would be a dry spell of a long line of houses with no donations. But when campers saw one of those white food bank bags, their excitement was huge and they would all race to see who could get there first and what kinds of tasty treats were being donated to help feed other kids.

In Huntington Hills, campers and volunteers from Eagle Well Servicing loaded 1120 lbs of donations into an SUV. Then our friends at Eagle bought an ice cream treat for the hard-working campers.

Eagle Well Servicing also donated nearly 1000 lbs of food, purchased and collected by their staff.

Southland Transportation donated a bus to help some of our Kids in Motion campers get around and hand deliver food donations to the Calgary Food Bank.

 

Impact

At the Y, we’re all about community-building and leadership.

Day camps are no exception. We want to inspire the kids who spend their summer with us to be healthy and active, community-impacters, and influential leaders. Community service projects like the Food Drive are a big part of this.

Yes, the kids are young. And yes, the food drive is a small part of their camp experience that is full of other fun, exciting things.

But we do believe it makes an impact on the kids, and helps them understand the power and importance of helping others.

Rabbitt is a Discoverers counsellor at Eau Claire YMCA. Her campers are 6 and 7 years old and she thinks the repeated discussions and activities about the food drive have made sense to them.

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“During snack time on Monday, we talked about the fact that some kids can’t afford snacks and that is why the food bank is important,” Rabbitt says, “Then when we were handing out the fliers and bags on Tuesday we talked about how those of us who have snacks can help other kids get snacks. And then, on Thursday when we go out to pick up the food, it clicks for the kids who didn’t understand it yet.”

For Rabbitt, connecting the task or cause to something the campers understand, like snacktime, helps it make sense.

“Repeating it a lot during the week helps them understand. Most of them get it and are excited to help,” Rabbitt says.

For some campers, the food drive is a game, but for many, it is a tangible opportunity to learn about their community and helping other kids – because after all, 42% of people who use the Calgary Food Bank are children.

 


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