October 23rd, 2020

2019 Holiday Food Drive was a record-breaker


By Bobinec, Greg on February 7, 2020.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald

gbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com

With the help of Lethbridge residents, Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills and Real Canadian Wholesale Club locations across Alberta are celebrating a record-breaking 2019 Holiday Food Drive.

Since the start of the initiative 10 years ago, stores across the province have exceeded expectations, collecting the large amount of food poundage and cash donations to date. To date, the Holiday Food Drive has raised over $365,661 and 159,913 pounds of non-perishable food items.

“Real Canadian Wholesale Club has a long history of colleague-led initiatives supporting those in need here in Alberta,” says Jim King, store manager. “The food drive is a great example of this community support, and we want to thank our customers and colleagues for making the 2019 Holiday Food Drive so successful. They have really gone above and beyond this year.”

Local stores in Lethbridge were able to generate $12,400 and over 1,600 pounds of food, contributing to a victorious year of supporting the Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge and Lethbridge Food Bank Society.

“We are always so appreciative of the effort and generosity on the part of both store colleagues and their customers, and especially so with this year’s record breaking results,” says Danielle McIntyre, Interfaith Food Bank executive director. “This effort will mean well-stocked shelves for us and for food banks across the province all winter long, and that’s a huge thing for our organizations and for those individuals and families who rely on our support.”

The 2019 Holiday Food Drive marks 10 years since Loblaw’s first national food drive was held in the spring of 2009. Since that time, stores across Canada have raised $24.8 million for local food banks, with $3.3 million of that total raised in Alberta to help people in need.

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