Posted by Kelly McKelvie Friday, October 5th at 3:03pm
For 20 years Kelly McKelvie and her team have been giving out pumpkins in exchange for a non-perishable food item (or cash donation) to the Calgary Food Bank.
The event has grown each year, with over 30,000 pounds of food having been collected, thanks to the generous support of the residents of Tuscany and surrounding northwest Calgary communities.
Last year alone a total of 26 boxes (2,805 pounds) of food were collected.
With Your Help, we Have Collected Over 30,000 Pounds of Food For The Calgary Food Bank.
While it is gratifying to see the event grow every year and become a family tradition among northwest Calgary residents, the necessity to for this food drive also continues to grow.
1 in 9 Calgarians will use the Food Bank at some point.
If Donations Stopped, The Calgary Food Bank Warehouse Would be Empty in 3-6 Weeks
Collections for the Food Bank still go out almost as fast as they come in, with children accounting for 41% of its users.
So with that in mind, Kelly’s annual Pumpkin Giveaway is going to ensure that this milestone event is not only a special event, but appeals to residents for continued support and generosity. So we can have a record-breaking donation to the Food Bank.
Fresh Start Recovery Centre
Joining The McKelvie Group this year, is a social enterprise that is also doing what they can to alleviate another issue that has seriously impacted many of Calgary’s citizens in one way, shape or form. The Fresh Start Recovery Centre operates the Eleven-Eleven food truck (and soon a café of the same name).
All profits generated go back into helping more men and families get well from the disease of addiction.
“When You Eat Here, You Are Doing More Than Just Purchasing a Meal, You Could be Saving a Life.”
Eleven-Eleven are about living recovery and inspiring a message of hope and wellness. This is the Do Good part of their tag line. A BIG part of this initiative is working on changing the conversation surrounding addiction recovery.
Addiction impacts us all, so whether you are in recovery, know someone in recovery, or are somewhere in between, there has never been a better time to bring this issue forward.
Recovery saves lives and impacts families for the better. When you come to us, you can be confident that you will Eat Good and Do Good.
Eat Good, Do Good.
When you’re at the Pumpkin Giveaway, dropping off your donation and selecting the perfect pumpkin, you can also purchase delicious breakfast or lunch options from the Eleven-Eleven food truck and help another very worthy cause.
INFO & LINKS:
Pumpkin Giveaway – October 27th
When: October 27th 9am to 1pm (or until all the pumpkins are gone)
Where: The Tuscany Club
Special Thanks to The Following Companies For Their Generous Contributions to Our Event:
• Far West Outdoor Advertising
• Homes & Land Magazine
• Starbucks Tuscany
• The Tuscany Club
• The Tuscany Sun