While Edmonton’s Food Bank is in need of food and monetary donations year round, I imagine an extra load is put on the limited resources during the holiday season. Born in 1981 as Canada’s first food bank, the Edmonton Food Bank now sees over 15,00o people receiving hampers of food each month as well as over 250,00o people requiring their services for meals and snacks. If you ask me, those are some pretty intense numbers. So when I saw a press release come down the pipe, I figured listing a few events on the blog wouldn’t be a bad idea.
While all items are going to be appreciated, a quick look around tells me that certain items are in higher demand; Beans with or without pork, Canned fish or meat, Baby formula, Peanut butter, Powdered milk, Soup, Canned fruit or vegetables, Pasta & pasta sauce, and Juice boxes for children. Do have a look through the list below and see if you can help at the same time!
Maisie’s Magical Christmas House
Be amazed by a quarter million twinkling lights. Come see the 7th annual Christmas lights display at 9619–144 Avenue. This $100,000 display was officially inaugurated as Maisie’s Magical Christmas House in 2008. There are unique lights, music and 12 professional window scenes to amuse and delight all ages. The lights were turned on Friday, November 19, 2010. For more information, please visit www.maisieschristmashouse.com Food donations for Edmonton Food Bank gratefully accepted at the house.
Polar Spas Fill a Hot Tub
The goal to fill a hot tub with donations for Edmonton’s Food Bank. Bring a non-perishable food item and Polar Spas will give you 15 per cent off chemicals and a discount on other products. Polar Spas is located at 5605 – 99 Street (780.431.2008) and 15051 – 118 Avenue (780.454.8827).
Celebrating 30 years
unheardof Restaurant is marking its 30th anniversary by donating a dollar for each dinner for a full year to Edmonton’s Food Bank. There will also be special tasting menus with wine pairings for $130 per guest all inclusive on the 30th of each month. Watch the uheardof’s website for more details at www.unheardof.com.
Give A Little and Get A Lot!
Brought to you by EZ Rock and Sobeys. EZ Rock is going on the road to a different Sobeys each day between November 22 to December 3, 2010. EZ Rock listeners will have a chance to win big by giving a little to Edmonton’s Food Bank. Every weekday morning (November 22 to December 3) be the first to find out where EZ Rock is by checking out their Facebook fan page or listen to EZ Rock at 9 a.m. The first 104 people to come down and bring a donation will get a chance to go into the money tunnel! There is even a grand prize draw entry for anyone after the 104 mark. www.facebook.com/ezrock1049
Pack the Pantry
Home Re-use-ables wants to pack the pantry with non-perishable food donations for Edmonton’s Food Bank. Please drop by 8832— 62 Avenue and enter to win prizes when you donate. www.homereusables.com
Over the holiday season, Sawmill Restaurant (Banquet and Catering Centre, 3840–76 Avenue) will have Edmonton’s Food Bank donation boxes available for anyone wishing to donate. Feel free to bring your non-perishable food item to any event held at the Sawmill Banquet and Catering Centre for Edmonton’s Food Bank.
Citadel Theatre’s A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol is running its 10th season until December 23 at the Citadel Theatre. The cast of A Christmas Carol has raised over $400,000 for Edmonton’s Food Bank for the past nine years. Monetary donations are cheerfully accepted.
Food Banks Canada and Loblaw Companies Limited launched Extra Helping, the 2010 Loblaw Holiday Food Drive in Edmonton on November 26. Visit any of the Edmonton Real Canadian Superstores or Real Canadian Wholesale stores between November 26 and December 16 and leave a non-perishable food donation in the marked Edmonton’s Food Bank bin.
CP Holiday Train
The CP Holiday Train is arriving in Edmonton on Friday, December 10 at 8:30 p.m., north of the Edmonton CP station, 7935 Gateway Blvd. This year’s Holiday Train will feature The Odds as the entertainment. Please bring a non-perishable food item for Edmonton’s Food Bank. www8.cpr.ca/cms/English/General+Public/Holiday+Train/Schedules/BC+-+Alberta.htm
Candy Cane Lane
Candy Cane Lane is an annual tradition in Edmonton. Visitors who are admiring the Christmas lights along 148 Street between 92 Avenue and 99 Avenue from December 10 to 31, 2010 are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for Edmonton’s Food Bank. The official Candy Cane Lane launch is on Friday, December 10.
Twelve Days of Charity at Rutherford House
In the Yuletide spirit of giving, Rutherford House will be collecting non-perishable food items for Edmonton’s Food Bank. Donations will be accepted over Twelve Days of Charity from December 1 to December 12, 2010. Enjoy cheerful Christmas melodies, taste cookies baked in the wood oven, try your hand at a festive craft and warm up with a cup of homemade apple cider. Enjoy the atmosphere of this historic home while discovering Christmas traditions celebrated by the Rutherford family. Rutherford House is open from 12 to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday and closed Mondays. Admission is $4 for adults, $12 for a family (two adults and children under the ages of 18) and $3 for seniors and youth (ages seven to 17). Children six and under are free.
Help-Portrait is a world-wide collection of photographers and volunteers using their time, equipment, and expertise to give back to those who are less fortunate. What does that look like? It looks like photographers taking pictures, printing them, giving them, but more importantly, giving hope. On December 4, 2010 Help-Portrait will be available to the less fortunate at four locations in Edmonton. Please fill out the online form to see if you qualify. Help-Portrait is also looking for volunteers. www.help-portrait.ca
Proceeds from a signature dish to benefit Edmonton’s Food Bank from December 11to 12, 2010 at all Denny’s locations in Edmonton.
5 O’Clock Fridays Snow Valley
Snow Valley is offering a discount to skiers during the 2010/11 season. 5 O’Clock Fridays is running every Friday between 5 and 9 p.m. Skiers can purchase a $5 day lift pass if they bring non-perishable food donations to Snow Valley. Discount rentals will also be available – $10 for skis and $17 for snowboards.
Rudolf’s Pancake Breakfast
Join us for breakfast, carols, and holiday crafts for the kids on Sunday, December 12, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Parkdale-Cromdale Hall at 11335 – 85 Street. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free with a donation to Edmonton’s Food Bank. Email: email@example.com for more information.
K-97 Christmas Rig
K-97 invites you to visit Terry Evans in the Christmas Rig from December 13 to 17, 2010 at Beaumaris Sobeys (15367 Castledowns Road). Please bring your non-perishable food donation to help fill the rig. Terry will sleep in the rig until it’s filled with food. K-97’s Christmas Rig is supported by Rosenau Transport, Sobeys, 4-Way Equipment Rentals, Campers Village and Edmonton’s Classic Rock, K-97. www.k97.fm
CBC Turkey Drive
Please bring a turkey to CBC Edmonton studio (10062 – 102 Avenue) from December 13 to 20 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends) or donate online (www.edmontonsfoodbank.com) through CanadaHelps from December 1 to 31. Frozen turkeys may also be dropped off at Edmonton’s Food Bank at 11508–120 Street (Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
Christmas comes to life as all of Edmonton is invited to taste, see, smell and feel the story of that first Christmas night. Join West Edmonton Christian Assembly (WECA), 6315 – 199 Street, for a weekend for the entire family as the church recreates the town of Bethlehem in its 11,640 square foot gymnasium. The event is free and a gift from WECA and its event sponsors to Edmontonians. Please support Edmonton’s Food Bank with non-perishable donations at the door. The Bethlehem Walk is open to the public, December 10 to 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. A limited mobility event will be held for disabled adults, preschools and nursing homes on December 13 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Tom Jackson’s Singing for Supper
Join Tom Jackson, Pear, One More Girl and the Robertson Wesley Ringers on December 13, 2010 at Robertson Wesley United Church (10209–123 Street). Doors open at 6 p.m. and show is at 6:30 p.m., general seating only. For more information, please visit www.singingforsupper.ca. Tickets are available at Edmonton’s Food Bank for $20 each and by customer mail out for $22 each (780.425.2133). All proceeds from the concert are given to Edmonton’s Food Bank.
Buy a Christmas Tree and help support the Food Bank
Visit CityTV in Churchill Square on Tuesday, December 14 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a $10 monetary donation for the Food Bank, go home with a live tree for Christmas! Additionally, an easy “text to donate” option will be available.
18 Wheels of Christmas Food Drive
Rosenau Transport Ltd. will organize the 18 Wheels of Christmas Food Drive in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank. Last year’s goal was to fill two 53-foot trailers full of food to be delivered to the Food Bank in December. For more information, please visit www.18wheelsofxmas.blogspot.com.
Dance Moves presents the 13th annual Feed the Food Bank Open House at Edmonton City Hall on Monday, December 15 between 7 and 9 p.m. Enter to win prizes by bringing a non-perishable food donation for Edmonton’s Food Bank. One entry will be given for every food item donated.
An Edmonton tweetup will be held on Friday, December 17 at 6 p.m. at Original Joe’s Varsity (8404 – 109 Street). Those in attendance are encouraged to bring a monetary or non-perishable food donation for Edmonton’s Food Bank.
Edmonton Examiner Auction
All auction items will be listed and displayed in the December 1, 8 and 15 editions of the Edmonton Examiner as well as the December 19 edition of the Edmonton Sun. Edmonton’s Food Bank will be taking bids over the phone on December 20, 2010 at 780.425.2133 from the general public. For more information or to donate, please contact Tamisan, Kelly Debbie or Tamara at 780.425.2133.
Enjoy minor soccer when you bring a non-perishable food donation to the Value Drug Mart Polar Cup from
December 27 to 30, 2010. The tournament is held at three locations:
Edmonton Soccer Centre South – 6520 Roper Road
Edmonton Soccer Centre West – 17415 – 106A Avenue
Edmonton Soccer Centre East – 12720 Victoria Trail