CBC's Open House and Food Bank Day raises record $1,126,438 for those in need
CBC Vancouver event has drummed up more than $10M for food banks in B.C. since 1986
CBC Vancouver's annual Open House and Food Bank Day has been raising money for those in need for three decades.
At the 2019 event on Dec. 6, total donations over that time surpassed $10 million.
It was the 33rd year the event has been held. By Dec. 31, $1,126,438 had been raised — beating last year's record of $823,191.
The CBC Vancouver broadcast centre was open to the public for a day of fundraising to support the thousands of British Columbians who rely on food banks.
CBC Vancouver's annual Open House and Food Bank Day has raised over $10 million for food banks here in B.C. over the last 33 years. Our <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCDeborahGoble?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CBCDeborahGoble</a> spoke to attendees and donors today. <a href="https://t.co/5p4TVlRNDn">https://t.co/5p4TVlRNDn</a> <a href="https://t.co/zQjpHsWepY">pic.twitter.com/zQjpHsWepY</a>—@cbcnewsbc
Visitors to the centre had a behind-the-scenes look at the CBC Vancouver newsroom, television and radio studios.
There were opportunities to meet the CBC Vancouver news team and CBC Radio hosts, as well as personalities from CBC Kids.
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank distributes around 38,500 kilograms of food a week. Much of it is donated but a lot of it, about $1.5 million each year, is also purchased.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CBCOpenHouse?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CBCOpenHouse</a>, where friendships are formed. (Sound on for this one) <a href="https://t.co/ZdeNrgWSJp">pic.twitter.com/ZdeNrgWSJp</a>—@CBCVancouver
Food bank fundraising and events also took place Friday at CBC studios in Kamloops, Prince Rupert and Victoria.
Donations are still open.