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Calgary, Alberta: The Canadian Legacy Project is pleased to announce the start of the 8th Annual Veterans Food Drive. Companies, schools, social groups, families and individuals are being encouraged to secure food and cash donations to support our deserving veterans and seniors. From November 1st to November 15th people can drop off their donations at Crown Surplus in Inglewood which is located at 1005 – 11th Street SE.

“This event will go a long way to make sure our veterans and seniors do not go hungry this winter. We need to fill the warehouses with food to sustain the growing number of veterans and seniors who need this assistance. Last year we saw so many companies and schools collect huge amounts of food and cash donations and this year we hope to surpass those totals, as the flood has certainly affected those in need”, stated Marie Blackburn , Director at the Veterans Food Bank at The Calgary Poppy Fund. The Calgary Veterans Food Bank in the only one of its kind in Canada!

Crown Surplus is back on side to support the event. “Our company rallies behind this event each year because it is a chance to give back to those who put their lives on the line. We encourage Calgarians to come to our store (Crown Surplus – 1005 – 11st SE) and drop off non-perishable food donations or cash donations to support our veterans and seniors”, said John Cumming, General Manager of Crown Surplus.

The Canadian Legacy Project is once again working with Calgary Co-op Association to purchase food gift cards for our veterans with all the cash donations raised through the event.  “Calgary Co-op is thrilled to support the 8th Annual Veterans and Seniors Food Drive.  We are committed to supporting this program through donating an additional 10% for all food cards the Canadian Legacy Project purchases at Calgary Co-op”, stated Laura Babin, Community Foundation Director, Calgary Co-op Association.

Last year Calgarians helped generated over $80,000 in cash donations and filled two warehouses full of food for the Calgary Veterans Food Bank, which is run by the Calgary Poppy Fund. One of the biggest supporters was our local schools and their students. The Calgary Board of Education and The Calgary Catholic school board has sent out the event information to all of their schools and encouraged the faculty and students to raise funds and food for the 8th Annual Veterans Food Drive. In exchange for this amazing support, The Calgary Poppy Fund has local veterans visit the schools and give presentations on Canada’s involvement in past and current peace keeping missions.

Over the years the quality of life for our military veterans has been on a serious decline and the Canadian Legacy Project was created to help improve this situation. “The annual Veterans is an opportunity for Calgarians to show their support for those who gave us our freedoms and way of life. There are no excuses for the people who made Canada such a great community to go hungry”, stated David Howard, President of The Canadian Legacy Project. “We encourage all Calgarians to get involved in this unique event and give back to those who gave so much to our country”. stated Howard.

Individuals and corporations who are unable to get down to Crown Surplus but wish to make a cash donation can send their donations to The Canadian Legacy Project at #210, 1235 – 17th Ave SW. Calgary, Alberta, T2T 0C2. Cheques should be payable to the Canadian Legacy Project (a registered charity). Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20. Donations can also be made online www.canadianlegacy.org Cash donations are used to buy grocery store gift cards which veterans and seniors can use to buy needed much needed groceries.