Thank you Calgary for helping us surpass our goal with a grand total of $1,447,291.42 to the Calgary Food Bank.
For 35 years, Calgarians have been donating to the Calgary Food Bank through CBC/Radio-Canada's annual Food Bank Drive, raising more than $20 million.
Like everyone, CBC is adapting to the realities of life and work during a pandemic. Our Food Bank Drive is a yearly tradition for many, and we are happy to bring you Make the Season Kind: In support of the Calgary Food Bank – but with a safety-promoting twist.
From December 4 to 24, join us virtually for special broadcasts, events, auctions and online sales and donate to the Calgary Food Bank from the comfort of your home.
Many of us have been impacted financially by the pandemic, limiting us in ways we might traditionally contribute. But there are many opportunities to spread generosity and kindness aside from making monetary donations. Put a smile on your own face – and the faces of others – by spreading acts of kindness in your community. For ideas and inspiration for your generous act, click here.
CBC Calgary staff sort food at the Calgary Food Bank in December 2018.
SOLD OUT | Dec. 4: Kick off day | One Gray Knight coffee sales
Online | 6:00 a.m.
It wouldn't be kick off day without the launch of our special roast of One Gray Knight coffee beans from Fratello Coffee Roasters and our limited edition holiday mug! This year, purchase yours online for $20 via the link below starting at 6:00 a.m. on December 4. Pick up day to follow on December 6 at the Calgary Food Bank (see more below). Sales to run while supplies last. Please note there is a maximum of five bags per person. Google Chrome is the preferred browser to make your purchase.
Click here on December 4 starting at 6:00 a.m. to purchase your coffee and mug.
Dec. 6: One Gray Knight coffee + mug pick up day
The Calgary Food Bank | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | 5000 11 St SE
Did you purchase a bag of One Gray Knight coffee and holiday mug? Thank you! This year, pick up's will be done drive-thru style on December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Calgary Food Bank. To ensure the safety of you and our staff we ask that you please remain in your car with the windows rolled up, show your receipt of purchase through the window and pop your trunk. A volunteer will deliver your bag(s) safely to you.
SOLD OUT | Dec. 6: Virtual Cookie Party with Julie Van Rosendaal
Zoom | 1:00 p.m. + 3:00 p.m.
Stock up on ingredients and join us via the Zoom link you received in your email confirmation for your class time (1:00 or 3:00 p.m.). And who better to lead you than CBC Calgary's food columnist Julie Van Rosendaal? Let the holiday baking begin!
Click here on December 1 starting at 7:00 a.m. to purchase your ticket.
Dec. 7: CBC Calgary x Local Laundry holiday crewneck sale
Online | 7:00 a.m. - until sell out
This year we've partnered with Local Laundry to create a limited edition CBC Calgary holiday crewneck with 100% of proceeds going to the Calgary Food Bank. Please note there are only 50 sweaters available for purchase.
Click here on December 7 starting at 7:00 a.m. to purchase your holiday crewneck.
Dec. 10: One Gray Knight coffee sales powered by YYC Tech Gives
Online | 7:00 a.m. - until sell out
Did you miss our first coffee sale? Purchase this year's One Gray Knight coffee from Fratello Coffee Roastery and our limited edition holiday mug for $20 via the link below starting at 7:00 a.m. on December 10. Pick up day to follow on December 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Calgary Food Bank. Sales to run while supplies last. Please note there is a maximum of 10 bags per person.
Click here on December 10 starting at 7:00 a.m. to purchase your coffee and mug.
Dec. 6 - 11: Local Producers Tour – Virtual Holiday Market
Online | Various times
Local beverage producers are teaming up to promote shopping local this holiday season through a virtual holiday market. From December 6 to 11, they will be “hosting” local artisans on their online stores and donating proceeds of their delivery fees and sales to the Calgary Food Bank. Participating taprooms include:
• Banded Peak Brewing
• Born Colorado Brewing
• Cabin Brewing
• City & Country Winery
• Confluence Distillery
• Establishment Brewing
• Outcast Brewing
• Paddy’s Brewery & Barbecue
• Two Rivers Distillery
• Uncommon Cider
Dec. 12: CP Holiday Train at Home Virtual Concert
Online | 6 p.m.
Free virtual event via Facebook Live to raise money for food banks across North America. Performances by Serena Ryder, The Trews, JoJo Mason, Logan Staats and Kelly Prescott. Donations encouraged to Food Banks Canada.
Old School Bake Sale
Various bakeries in Calgary will participate on the day(s) of their choice with a special holiday item. Curb side pickup or delivery encouraged. Proceeds of the purchase will be donated to the Calgary Food Bank.
• December 18 | Ollia Macarons & Tea | 810C 16th Ave SW | Turtles Salted Caramel Popcorn
Dec. 4 - 22: In-person donations
Parkdale Community Association | 3512 5 Ave NW
Make a contactless donation drop off to Make the Season Kind: In support of the Calgary Food Bank with non-perishable food item at Parkdale Community Association. Calgary Food Bank bins located outdoors to ensure the safety of you and their staff.
Dec. 4 - 22, weekdays: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dec. 4 - 22, weekends: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Dec. 11- 31: Toonies for Turkeys
Online | Various times
Watch this year's rendition of Theatre Calgary's A Christmas Carol from the comfort of your home. Donations will be taken in for the Calgary Food Bank at the end of each show.
Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.
Learn about the Calgary Food Bank and who you’re supporting when you make a donation.
Calgary Food Bank Facts 2019-2020
• Every dollar donated to the Calgary Food Bank equals $5 worth of food distributed.
• More than half of the food bank users are families.
• One in three food bank users are children.
• The Calgary Food Bank received more than 66,000 phone calls last year asking for support. That’s more than 180 calls a day.
• The Calgary Food Bank received more than 165,000 visits for emergency food hampers last year.
• The Calgary Food Bank was able to support 900 students and their families through the early days of the pandemic and summer.
• From mid-March until the end of August, 29 Food Link agencies received more than 341,000 pounds of quality food and supplies.
• Last year, 1.6 million pounds of food was distributed through Food Link to 215 programs, with a value of $4.2 million.
• The Calgary Food Bank distributed more than 24,000 food hampers to the homeless population.
• Forty eight percent of the people who work at the Calgary Food Bank are volunteers.
• 98,135 hampers were distributed through the Calgary Food Bank hamper programs.
• 67,879 hampers were distributed through the Calgary Food Banks Emergency Food Hamper Program
Other in-demand items to support the Calgary Food Bank:
• Pasta sauce
• Peanut butter
• Canned beans
• Canned meat/fish
• Canned vegetables
• Canned fruit
Non-perishable food donations can be made in the donation bins at any major grocery store, the Calgary Food Bank warehouse (door #3) or at the outdoor bins located at Parkdale Community Centre from December 4 to 22.
A big thank you to our community partners, who are working to fill every plate in Calgary this season.
Fratello Coffee Roasters
Fratello Coffee Roasters works directly with farmers around the world to produce coffee that is not only delicious, but also ethically sourced. Fratello has generously donated over 1,500 bags of One Gray Knight specially roasted coffee so that all of the money collected can go directly to the Calgary Food Bank.
Brookfield Properties owns, manages and develops office properties in Calgary and around the world. In previous years Brookfield Properties has donated the space for our downtown donation desks, as well as space for several of the CBC Calgary Food Bank Drive events during the campaign. This year they are using their space to help us create awareness and encourage online donations.
The Calgary Food Bank
Established 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 Calgary Food Bank hands out 262 emergency hampers every day, as well as provides resources to other food banks and agencies in Alberta.
Questions you might have about Make the Season Kind: In support of the Calgary Food Bank
Why does the CBC Calgary Food Bank Drive look different this year?
We’re still raising money for the Calgary Food Bank, just under a new name! In order to adhere to COVID-19 protocols, our station remains closed to the public and in-person events have had to be reimagined to either online or via drive-thru. Visit our schedule of events for more information.
Make the Season Kind
A big thank you to our community partners listed below for coming together to help us make these local prize packs!
Share your story with us of how you showed or received an act of kindness this year and be entered to win a local prize pack. Your act of kindness may even be featured on CBC Calgary.
What’s an act of kindness?
Have you picked up groceries for an elderly neighbour? Organized a virtual playdate? Got a call from a long lost friend that made your day? We want to hear about it! No act of kindness is too big or too small.
Local prize packs include:
• A limited-edition CBC Calgary x Local Laundry holiday crewneck
• A 36-piece box of salted caramel chocolates from Master Chocolate
• Julie Van Rosendaal’s Dirty Food cookbook
• An Inspirati tea towel
• A Milk Jar diffuser
• A $50 gift card to Bowtie Pizza
• A 12oz bag of One Gray Knight coffee beans from Fratello Coffee Roasters
• A limited-edition One Gray Knight coffee mug
• CBC Calgary winter swag (blanket, toque, scarf, mittens, retro socks)
Deadline to enter to win is Thursday, December 24 at noon MT.
The auction is in support of the Calgary Food Bank. All items are all generously donated by local businesses.
Behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology's collections with one of their scientists, as well as a bag of museum shop goodies. Please note the tour will be scheduled in the future when indoor gatherings can continue.
Downtown Vision Care Package
Win an eye exam, one pair of prescription glasses, one pair of prescription sunglasses and a one-year supply of contact lenses.
Inner City Brewing’s “Be The Brewer” Experience
Design and develop your own recipe and beer concept! This experience includes a complete brew day session where you’ll be part of the process and conclude with a product naming exercise and enjoying the beer. This includes a $400 gift card from Inner City Brewing.
Laurie MacKay’s Staycation Staples – Wine & Food Experience
How would you like House Wine Sommelier Laurie MacKay to be your own personal wine guide for a delicious evening in? This package includes Italian sparkling wine (Salivate Consulting), artisanal salami from Salt and Smoke Charcuterie, fine cheeses from Peasant Cheese Shop, a special German dessert wine from Silver Springs Liquor and a handmade bench knife & cedar charcuterie board from Ferrous and Fibre. Laurie will join you in a virtual consultation and tell the story of Franciacorta and why the Italians drink it like the French drink Champagne!
Private Chocolate Making Course with Bernard Callebaut at Master Chocolate
The world of chocolate is a messy, scientific art and Bernard lives to share his lifetime of love and chocolate. Learn from a master in the industry, with booking a private chocolate experience for your friends, family, or colleagues!
Speakeasy & Spirits Mixology Experience from Eau Claire Distillery
Experience a fascinating tour of Eau Claire Distillery’s new Speakeasy. While you imbibe, you’ll learn about Alberta’s place in Prohibition history. You’ll also enjoy a tasting flight of Eau Claire’s finest spirits and a souvenir glass. After the Speakeasy tour, you’ll learn how to make two perfect cocktails, with a recipe concocted just for your party. You'll be led by one of Eau Claire’s expert mixologists in making delectable cocktail creations with the Distillery’s award-winning spirits.
SOLD OUT | Virtual Cookie Party with Julie Van Rosendaal
Click here on December 1 starting at 7:00 a.m. to purchase your ticket.
Join Julie Van Rosendaal virtually from the comfort of your own kitchen for a hands-on cookie class on Zoom. You and your housemates can bake along, ask questions, and eat as much dough as you like as you safely raise money for the Calgary Food Bank.
• Two classes available on December 6 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
• 25 people a class
• $100 donation to the Calgary Food Bank
Join us on Thursday, December 17 for a full day of special holiday programming as we raise donations for the Calgary Food Bank.
Want to get a shoutout from our hosts or columnists? Share your acts of kindness by using the hashtag #CBCFeedsYYC on Twitter and Instagram between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and you may just hear from one of them!
The Calgary Eyeopener with David Gray and Angela Knight
6:00 - 8:30 a.m.
It may not be the Blitz Day we all know, but we promise you'll still love the Eyeopener's fundraising push for the Calgary Foodbank. We've got a Zoom party planned with Mayor Nenshi, Julie Van Rosendaal and many more. Plus, live music from the safety of his own studio with John Wort Hannam and the Eyeopener reindeer have a few special, safe surprises as well. So join us from the safety of your own home at 6:00 until 8:30 a.m.
Show us how you're listening on Instagram and Twitter with #CBCFeedsYYC to win One Gray Knight Coffee and a holiday mug.
Alberta at Noon with Judy Aldous
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
What's the kindest thing anyone's ever done for you? What have you done to spread kindness in your community? Alberta at Noon will open the phone lines for listeners to share stories of kindness from across the province.
The Homestretch with Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The setup may look different but the goal is the same: supporting the Calgary Food Bank. Hear conversations with the head of the food bank, Calgary's poet Laureate, the founder of a new province-wide organization for arts professionals who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, our wine columnist Laurie MacKay and the Calgary Opera. And hear music from Alberta musicians playing some holiday tunes and from local musicians Scarlett Butler, and The Hello Darlin's about their new projects.