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.

The pandemic doesn't put a pause on the need for your kindness and generosity.

A new report says food banks in Canada have seen a major surge in visits throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the high cost of living and ongoing economic disruption is bound to create countless new clients in the months ahead.

Starting December 3, 2021, join us virtually for special broadcasts, events, auctions and donate to the Calgary Food Bank from the comfort of your home. Or, attend one of our drive-thru coffee and mug sales to make a donation and receive this year's limited edition mug.

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.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest Food Bank Drive news and numbers. Don't forget to use #CBCFeedsYYC so we can follow your fundraising efforts.

CBC Calgary staff at the Calgary Food Bank in December 2019.

Our Goal $1,000,000 $1,300,890.29

Dec. 3-23: Donation drop-offs

Mondays to Fridays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Saturdays & Sundays: 12 to 2 p.m.

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 with the Nifty Fifties Seniors Association. The Calgary Food Bank has a wish list of food items and we are encouraging you to drop off the below items on specific days.

Location: Parkdale Nifty 50s Seniors Association (3512 – 5th Ave NW)

Dec. 6: Peanut butter day
Dec. 20: Canned tomatoes day
Dec. 22: Canned fruit day

Dec. 3 to 24: Toonies for Turkeys

If you've attended Theatre Calgary's production of A Christmas Carol over the past 24 years, you will know about their fundraiser called Toonies For Turkeys. This initiative, which collects funds in support of the Calgary Food Bank, has raised more than $2.2 million from our audiences of A Christmas Carol since its inception in 1997, with 100% of the money going directly to the Food Bank.

Click here to make a donation.

Jan. 6: Final Announcement

Join your favourite hosts David Gray and Angela Knight on CBC Radio One's the Calgary Eyeopener, as they announce the final total and present the cheque to the Calgary Food Bank.

Past events:

Dec. 6-17: Online auctions

The auction is in support of the Calgary Food Bank. All items are all generously donated by local businesses. Please visit the Calgary Food Bank auction website for a full list of experiences and more details.

Dec. 17: One Gray Knight pop-up coffee sale

7 a.m. until sell out

Today is your last chance to purchase our special roast of One Gray Knight coffee beans from Fratello Coffee Roasters and our limited edition holiday mug.

Visit us outside for a pop-up at Bro'Kin Yolk at 12580 Symons Valley Rd NW. 150 bags available while supplies last.

Dec. 16: Blitz Day

This year we're transporting you to our CBC Calgary Studios, virtually! Join us on Thursday, December 16 for a full day of special holiday programming, giveaways and meet and greets as we raise donations for the Calgary Food Bank. Click here for a full schedule of events.

Dec. 15: Raffle day

On December 15, purchase a raffle ticket (or more!) for your chance to win a package of four One Gray Knight Coffee bags and limited edition holiday mugs delivered to your home by our very own David Gray and Angela Knight from the Calgary Eyeopener*.

We have 20 packages available. Winners will be contacted before the end of day on December 17, 2021. Deliveries will be made between December 20 and 24, 2021. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Calgary Food Bank.

Click here to make a $5 donation.

*Within the limits of the city of Calgary

Dec. 12: Virtual Cookie Party with Julie Van Rosendaal

10:00 a.m. + 2:00 p.m.

Stock up on ingredients and join CBC Calgary's food columnist Julie Van Rosendaal for some holiday baking.

Bakery sales

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.

Dec. 10: One Gray Knight pop-up coffee sale

7 a.m. until sell out

Missed the first sale of One Gray Knight coffee beans and our limited edition holiday mug? Now’s your chance to try again.

Visit us outside for a pop-up at Analog at 102 Mahogany Centre SE. 150 bags available while supplies last.

Dec. 3: Kick-off day | One Gray Knight coffee sales

6 a.m. until sell out

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! Join us on Friday, December 3 as we kickoff Make the Season Kind: In support of the Calgary Food Bank with 900 bags of coffee and mugs. This year, we're doing drive-thru One Gray Knight coffee and mug sales, in celebration of our 10th year, starting at 6 a.m.

Location: Calgary Food Bank ANNEX, 5020 12A St SE

Surprise pop-up coffee sales to happen throughout the month. Tune in to the Calgary Eyeopener on Dec. 3 for more details.

Dec. 5: Local Producers Tour

12 to 4 p.m.

Hit up one the 13 taprooms in Inglewood, Ramsay and the Manchester Industrial area to find 20+ local vendors. Get your Christmas shopping done while having beverages from the coffee house, cidery, winery, distilleries and several breweries that are hosting these vendors. Plus, you might just be able to get a Selfie with Santa. Each location will be doing something special to help raise funds for the CBC Calgary's Food Bank Drive.

Click here for more information.

Learn about the Calgary Food Bank and who you’re supporting when you make a donation.

Calgary Food Bank Facts 2020-2021


• Every dollar donated equals $5 worth of food distributed.
• 57% of the food bank users are families.
• 37% of food bank users are children.
• Received 75,654 phone calls for emergency food support resulting in 221,138 visits.
• A total of 1212, 813 hampers were distributed through our programs.
• 865,410 pounds of food was distributed through Food Link to 56 programs with a value of $2.3 million.
• Distributed more than 29,000 food hampers to the homeless population.
• Volunteers contributed 96,495 hours last year.
• 121,813 hampers were distributed through the hamper programs.
• 88,177 hampers were distributed through the Emergency Food Hamper Program.

This year's top in-demand items to support the Calgary Food Bank:


• Canned tomatoes
• Kraft Dinner
• Canned beans (no pork)
• Canned fruit
• Peanut butter

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 1,700 bags of One Gray Knight specially roasted coffee so that all of the money collected can go directly to the Calgary Food Bank.

Parkdale Community Association

This year Parkdale Community Association has come on board to help collect non-perishable food 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.

ICI Alberta

ICI Alberta offers a wide range of French programming on the Web, radio and TV. Follow ICI Alberta in December to discover stories dedicated to Alberta food banks and to participate in the fundraiser organized by CBC/Radio-Canada.

ICI Alberta vous offre, au quotidien et en français, une programmation locale riche et variée sur l'ensemble de ses plateformes : web, radio et télévision. Suivez-nous au mois de décembre pour découvrir notre programmation consacrée aux banques alimentaires et participez à la collecte de fonds organisée par CBC/Radio-Canada.

YYC Tech Gives

Since 2010, YYC Tech Gives has donated more than $1.5 million, which translates to over $7.5 million worth of food in the hands of Calgarians in need.

Brookfield Properties

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.

Questions you might have about Make the Season Kind: In support of the Calgary Food Bank


How do I donate?

You can make a donation by participating in our events, bidding on an auction item or directly online here.

I can’t donate money this year, but still want to help. What other ways can I support?

Yes! Please visit the Calgary Food Bank website to learn how you can make a difference through volunteering. You can also click here for more ways to spread generosity this season.

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? Covered someone's bill? Received 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: 
Julie Van Rosendaal’s Cookies I Have Loved cookbook
• A limited-edition Milk Jar candle
• A $50 gift card to Bowtie Pizza
• A 36-piece box of salted caramel chocolates from Master Chocolat
• A chocolate gingerbread person from cōchu Chocolatier
• A wooden CBC-engraved tree ornament
• 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 (retro socks, toque, scarf, mittens)

Deadline to enter to win is Friday, December 17 at noon MT.

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Join us on Thursday, December 16 for a full day of special holiday programming, giveaways and meet and greets as we raise donations for the Calgary Food Bank.

This year we're transporting you to our CBC Calgary Studios, virtually!

The 30-40 minute Meet and Greets will feature lively, candid conversations and an interactive Q&A.

The Calgary Eyeopener with David Gray and Angela Knight

6:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Join David Gray and Angela Knight as they kick off Blitz Day with the Rondel Roberts Band.

Musical performance by the Rondel Roberts Band

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Current Affairs: Ask Me Anything with Angela Knight, David Gray and Matt Galloway

9 - 10 a.m.

Ever wondered what it is like to host a local CBC morning or national show? Join David Gray and Angela Knight from the Calgary Eyeopener and Matt Galloway from The Current as they give you a glimpse of what it is like to wake up bright and early.

Sports and Business: Ask Me Anything with Doug Dirks, Paul Haavardsrud and Scott Russell

10 - 11 a.m.

Join Doug Dirks, host of The Homestretch, Paul Haavardsrud, host of The Cost of Living, and Scott Russell, host of CBC’s Road to the Olympic Games, for this interactive meet and greet as they answer all your questions about sports and business.

Entertainment: Ask Me Anything with Andrew Phung and Tarik Robinson

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

We all need some music and comedies in our lives. This meet and greet brings the best of both worlds. Join comedian, writer and actor, Andrew Phung, whose new show, Run the Burbs, is coming to CBC, and our new Key of A producer and host, Tarik Robinson, as they answer your questions on their love for entertainment.

Alberta at Noon with Judy Aldous

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Join Judy Aldous for a special noon hour programming.

Baking with Jenny Howe and Julie Van Rosendaal

1 - 2 p.m.

Jenny Howe from The Homestretch and Julie Van Rosendaal will be baking up a storm in their respective kitchen. Join them virtually and ask them questions while you bake goodies with them.

News and Current Affairs: Ask Me Anything with Judy Aldous and Rob Brown

2 - 3 p.m.

When it comes to news and current affairs, these two hosts are always in the know. Join Judy Aldous, host of Alberta at Noon and Rob Brown, host of CBC Calgary News at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., to learn about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into producing a daily show.

Farewell to Russell Bowers

3 - 4 p.m.

Come say goodbye to our longtime host of Daybreak Alberta, Russell Bowers.

Heartland Special with Amber Marshall

4 - 5 p.m.

Amber Marshall has captivated audiences across the globe in her leading role as Amy Fleming on CBC’s television series, Heartland. Join her for this special meet and greet.

The Homestretch with Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Join Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe as they wrap up Blitz Day with singer Megan Dawson.

News at 6 with Rob Brown

6 - 6:30 p.m.

Join host Rob Brown as he brings you the stories behind the top stories of the day.