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CBC's Open House and Food Bank Day raises record $1,126,438 for those in need

The Vancouver event has drummed up more than $10 million for food banks in B.C. since 1986.

CBC Vancouver event has drummed up more than $10M for food banks in B.C. since 1986

Fans of CBC visit the Vancouver studios during Open House and Food Bank Day. Guests have the opportunity to meet their favourite CBC journalists and even see what it feels like to sit at the television anchor desk. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

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. 

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. 

A rapt young audience hearing from CBC's Dan Burritt at CBC Vancouver's Food Bank and Open House. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

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.

Food bank fundraising and events also took place Friday at CBC studios in Kamloops, Prince Rupert and Victoria.

Donations are still open.

CBC Vancouver's Mike Killeen, left, and Anita Bathe, right, working on some Christmas construction projects. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)


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