BD&P is excited to kick off the 10th Annual PUT THE BOOTS TO HUNGER™ Chuckwagon Campaign this Stampede, launched by BD&P’s contribution of $105,000. The PUT THE BOOTS TO HUNGER™ is a campaign partnership between BD&P and the Calgary Food Bank to raise funds and to encourage the donation of food, with the hope that all Calgarians who need to rely on the Food Bank can do so; “because hunger doesn’t take a summer break!” The demand for the Food Bank’s services is constant and year-round, yet donations are focused around the year-end holiday season. The majority of those coming to the Food Bank for emergency food hampers continue to be the working poor. It is our goal to provide the Calgary Food Bank with the resources it needs to ensure Calgarians needing the Calgary Food Bank have access to its resources.
BD&P extends a heartfelt thanks to all of its clients, friends, community partners and members of the general public for contributing to the success of the 2017 BD&P PUT THE BOOTS TO HUNGER™ Campaign, which raised nearly $359,000 in food and funds.
BD&P is committed to the continued opportunity to recognize the true "Stampede Spirit" of community support which is afforded by the PUT THE BOOTS TO HUNGER campaign. The elements of the PUT THE BOOTS TO HUNGER initiative offers the Calgary Food Bank a unique and valuable opportunity to raise awareness in our community and to inspire individuals, community groups and corporations to support BD&P in achieving the goal of providing quality, emergency food to those in need.
For those unfamiliar with our tarp program, BD&P purchases a Chuckwagon Tarp and donates it to the Calgary Food Bank to use in a unique fundraising initiative where sponsors purchase the tarp for use on one of the 10 days of Stampede. Our nightly Chuckwagon co-sponsors this year are CEL Electric, Fluor, Alaris Royalty Corp., Peloton Computer Enterprises Ltd., Freehold Royalties Ltd., Simco Management Calgary, Devon Canada and Crew Energy.
Please consider a donation to the Calgary Food Bank in support of the PUT THE BOOTS TO HUNGER™ Campaign at any time of year. In so doing, you will help raise awareness and funds for a critical organization upon which far too many Calgarians have to rely. Last year the Food Bank impacted the lives of over 184,000 Calgarians from all quadrants of the city, with approximately 40% of the Food Bank clients being children. Donations can be made by cheque to the Calgary Food Bank, noting our PUT THE BOOTS TO HUNGER™ Campaign, and sent either directly to the Food Bank or via BD&P, or can be made online at http://www.calgaryfoodbank.com/boots/.
Thanks to all of our tarp sponsors, the Calgary Food Bank staff and volunteers, all donors and everyone else who helped make this such a successful campaign!