Calgary·Make the Season Kind

CBC Calgary's Blitz Day surpasses halfway mark to $1M goal for Calgary Food Bank

CBC Calgary's annual food bank drive kicked off Dec. 3 and runs throughout the month with special broadcasts, events, auctions and online sales. Help us surpass our goal of raising $1 million for the Calgary Food Bank.

Our annual food bank drive returns with special events and broadcasts this month

Co-hosts of The Homestretch Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe decked out in their holiday duds for Blitz Day cheer. (CBC)

CBC Calgary's Blitz Day is aiming to beat last year's $1 million in donations for the Calgary Food Bank. 

At last count, the tally was $708,399. 

For 36 years, area residents have been donating to the Calgary Food Bank through CBC/Radio-Canada's annual Food Bank Drive — raising more than $21 million.

This year, we are happy to bring you Make the Season Kind: In support of the Calgary Food Bank.

Throughout December, Calgarians have been able to join us virtually for special broadcasts, events, auctions and online sales while helping us reach our goal of $1 million for the Calgary Food Bank. 

    All through Thursday we have special holiday programming, giveaways and meet-and-greets with some of your favourite CBC hosts and personalities. Remember to register if you're hoping to get a chat in!

    • Share with us how you're making the season kind at and be entered to win a local prize pack.
    CBC Calgary staffers Mackenzie Meyer, left, and Ute Schaffland, right, in the holiday spirit on Blitz Day. (Madelaine Lapointe/CBC)

    To help us reach our goal, you can make a $5 donation online and be entered to win a special home delivery of One Gray Knight from Calgary Eyeopener hosts David Gray and Angela Knight.

    You can also win a prize pack if you share a heartwarming tale of how you showed or received an act of kindness this year. You can enter through the online form here or by using the hashtag #CBCFeedsYYC on Instagram or Twitter. 

    We'll continue to share these heartwarming acts of kindness from Albertans in the days ahead, on the CBC Calgary radio programs Calgary Eyeopener, Alberta@Noon and The Homestretch, CBC Calgary's website and social media.

    You'll be entered for a chance to win prize packs that include: 

    Here's how you're helping when you donate to the Calgary Food Bank:

    • Every dollar donated to the Calgary Food Bank equals $5 worth of food distributed.
    • 57% of the food bank users are families.
    • 37% of food bank users are children.
    • 75,654 phone calls for emergency food support resulted in 221,138 visits.
    • 865,410 pounds of food were distributed through Food Link to 56 programs with a value of $2.3 million.
    • Volunteers contributed 96,495 hours last year.
    • 121,813 hampers were distributed through various programs.
    • 88,177 hampers were distributed through the emergency food hamper program.
    • More than 29,000 food hampers were distributed to the homeless population.

    In-demand items to support the Calgary Food Bank:

    • Canned tomatoes.
    • Kraft Dinner.
    • Canned beans (no pork).
    • Canned fruit.
    • Peanut butter.

    Non-perishable food donations can be made in the donation bins at any major grocery store, the food bank warehouse (door #3) or at the outdoor bins located at the Parkdale Community Centre.

    To learn more about how you can make the season kind and support the Calgary Food Bank, visit

    You can follow Blitz Day 2021 from a safe distance online and on the air:

    The Calgary Eyeopener with David Gray and Angela Knight (6-8:30 a.m.)

    Calgary Eyeopener hosts Angela Knight, left, and David Gray, right, on Blitz Day Thursday morning. Join us virtually from the comfort of your home for special broadcasts, events, auctions and online sales while helping us reach our goal of raising $1 million for the Calgary Food Bank. (Madelaine Lapointe/CBC)

    Musical performance by the Rondel Roberts Band (8:30 - 9:00 a.m.)

    A trimmed-down version of The Rondel Roberts Band performs live during the Blitz Day broadcast of the Calgary Eyeopener on Thursday. (Madelaine Lapointe/CBC)

    Current Affairs: Ask Me Anything with Angela Knight, David Gray and Matt Galloway (9 - 10 a.m.)

    The Calgary Eyeopener's David Gray, bottom right, and Angela Knight, top left, and Matt Galloway, bottom left, from The Current Ever joined Eyeopener director Paul Karchut to chat what it is like to host a local CBC morning or national show. (CBC)

    Sports and Business: Ask Me Anything with Doug Dirks, Paul Haavardsrud and Scott Russell (10 - 11 a.m.)

    Doug Dirks, host of The Homestretch, Paul Haavardsrud, host of The Cost of Living, and Scott Russell, host of CBC’s Road to the Olympic Games, hosted an interactive meet and greet to answer all your questions about sports and business. (CBC)

    Ask Me Anything with Andrew Phung and Tarik Robinson (11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

    CBC's Ishita Singla, top left, moderates a talk with actor Andrew Phung, right, and musician Tarik Robinson, bottom, during an Ask Me Anything session on Thursday. (Madelaine Lapointe/CBC)

    Alberta at Noon with Judy Aldous (12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)

    Alberta at Noon host Judy Aldous got listeners to trade their favourite Christmas stories for a song played by pianist Sheldon Zanboer and Tim Tamashiro, a Calgary musician, actor and speaker. (CBC)

    Baking with Jenny Howe and Julie Van Rosendaal (1 - 2 p.m.)

    CBC's Madelaine Lapointe, right, moderates a session on baking, with Jenny Howe, left, and Julie Van Rosendaal, bottom. (CBC)

    News and Current Affairs: Ask Me Anything with Judy Aldous and Rob Brown (2 - 3 p.m.)

    Will Tigley, top left, moderates an Ask Me Anything talk with Judy Aldous, bottom, and Rob Brown. (CBC)

    Farewell to Russell Bowers (3 - 4 p.m.)

    Heartland Special with Amber Marshall (4 - 5 p.m.)

    CBC's Alisha Edgelow, left, moderates a meet-and-greet with Heartland's Amber Marshall, right, about her acting career and the show. (CBC)

    The Homestretch with Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe (3 - 6 p.m.)

    News at 6 with Rob Brown (6 - 6:30 p.m.)

    Rob Brown brings you the stories behind the top news of the day in Calgary. (CBC)


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