Calgarians urged to donate to food bank

Credits: Mike Drew/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency


CALGARY -- As the city recovers from a flooding disaster, officials are asking Calgarians to help fill the shelves of the Calgary Food Bank.

"The Calgary Food Bank is working hard to meet the needs of those still displaced, as a number of people have had to throw things out that are in their fridge, or spoiled food in empty fridges," said Bruce Burrell, director of Calgary's Emergency Management Agency.

"We do have a lot of residents in the city of Calgary who rely on food banks - this has put an extra drain on the food bank.

"We live in a very generous community, we've seen the volunteer efforts, we've see what goes on in the city of Calgary, folks, if you can, please support the food bank. We know the need is going to continue to increase over the coming days and weeks."

Starting Tuesday, the Calgary Food Bank will be receiving donations of non-perishable and perishable food items.

The city will continue assessing 6,500 homes with significant damage, and Burrell is asking city workers to show their identification and is telling Calgarians to ask to see ID if someone shows up at their door for an inspection.

So far, one home will be demolished after the homeowner agreed to have it torn down, and five others are being assessed for possible demolition, Burrell said Monday.

"We are trying to do everything else we can, we really don't want to tear people's houses down unless we actually have to," he said.

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