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YMCA Kids in Motion Food Drive 2016

YMCA Kids in Motion Food Drive

Each year, YMCA kids and youth collects thousands of pounds of food donations in multiple Calgary communities for the Calgary Food Bank. This summer marks the 16th Annual YMCA Calgary Kids in Motion and Day Camps Food Drive.

This year’s food drive will take place the week of August 8-12, 2016.

Pick-up dates:

  • August 10: Connaught, Millican/Ogden, Vista/Mayland Heights, Marlborough Park, Falconridge
  • August 11: Rosscarrock, West Dover, Inglewood, Albert Park/Radisson Heights, Huntington Hills, Arbour Lake, Sunnyside, Altadore, Somerset, Martindale
  • August 12: Auburn Bay

For more information, contact Blake Hinchey, Community Outreach DIrector at blake.hinchey@calgary.ymca.ca


Food Drive SUCCESS!

Thank you Calgary! Your generosity is amazing.

Once again, Calgarians have shown their care for this city and community.

Our Kids in Motion and Day Campers planned to raise 8,000 lbs of food for the Calgary Food Bank this week.

We haven’t even finished weighing, and we’re already at 10,682 lbs! That’s a lot of food!

[Update: Tuesday, August 19 – With boxes from the branches, our total food collected is 11,442 lbs!!! Thank you, Calgary!]

If you’d still like to donate, drop off food donations at any YMCACalgary location before Monday, August 18 or contact the Calgary Food Bank directly.

 

Photos

Check out our photo album on Facebook for some shots of excited kids, big bags of food, and smiling Food Bank staff!

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Stories

Did you know, one family in Ogden donated 500 lbs of rice! Jenna, a YMCA staff member, drove over and picked up 25 sacs of rice because they were too heavy for the campers to carry down the block.

On some streets during the food collection there would be a dry spell of a long line of houses with no donations. But when campers saw one of those white food bank bags, their excitement was huge and they would all race to see who could get there first and what kinds of tasty treats were being donated to help feed other kids.

In Huntington Hills, campers and volunteers from Eagle Well Servicing loaded 1120 lbs of donations into an SUV. Then our friends at Eagle bought an ice cream treat for the hard-working campers.

Eagle Well Servicing also donated nearly 1000 lbs of food, purchased and collected by their staff.

Southland Transportation donated a bus to help some of our Kids in Motion campers get around and hand deliver food donations to the Calgary Food Bank.

 

Impact

At the Y, we’re all about community-building and leadership.

Day camps are no exception. We want to inspire the kids who spend their summer with us to be healthy and active, community-impacters, and influential leaders. Community service projects like the Food Drive are a big part of this.

Yes, the kids are young. And yes, the food drive is a small part of their camp experience that is full of other fun, exciting things.

But we do believe it makes an impact on the kids, and helps them understand the power and importance of helping others.

Rabbitt is a Discoverers counsellor at Eau Claire YMCA. Her campers are 6 and 7 years old and she thinks the repeated discussions and activities about the food drive have made sense to them.

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“During snack time on Monday, we talked about the fact that some kids can’t afford snacks and that is why the food bank is important,” Rabbitt says, “Then when we were handing out the fliers and bags on Tuesday we talked about how those of us who have snacks can help other kids get snacks. And then, on Thursday when we go out to pick up the food, it clicks for the kids who didn’t understand it yet.”

For Rabbitt, connecting the task or cause to something the campers understand, like snacktime, helps it make sense.

“Repeating it a lot during the week helps them understand. Most of them get it and are excited to help,” Rabbitt says.

For some campers, the food drive is a game, but for many, it is a tangible opportunity to learn about their community and helping other kids – because after all, 42% of people who use the Calgary Food Bank are children.

 


Food Drive

Kids in Motion and Day Camp participants (will be collecting non-perishable food in Calgary communities. All donations will go to the Calgary Food Bank.

The children will be collecting in the following sixteen communities on the following days:

Wednesday, August 13:
Connaught, Millican/Ogden, Vista/Mayland Heights, Marlborough Park, Falconridge

Thursday, August 14:
Rosscarrock, West Dover, Inglewood, Albert Park/Radisson Heights, Huntington Hills, Arbour Lake, Sunnyside, Altadore, Somerset, Martindale

Friday, August 15: 
Auburn Bay


Food Drive Time

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This summer will mark the 15th Annual YMCA Calgary Kids in Motion and Day Camps Food Drive!  This year’s food drive will take place the week of August 11th, 2014.  Keep your eyes open for enthusiastic YMCA kids and youth who will be collecting food donations in your community in support of the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank.

We will also be accepting nonperishable food donations in our branches, so keep a look out for a box in your branch’s lobby. 

Kids in Motion and Daycamps will be collecting in the following sixteen communities on the following days:

Wednesday, August 13:
Connaught, Millican/Ogden, Vista/Mayland Heights, Marlborough Park, Falconridge

Thursday, August 14:
Rosscarrock, West Dover, Inglewood, Albert Park/Radisson Heights, Huntington Hills, Arbour Lake, Sunnyside, Altadore, Somerset, Martindale

Friday, August 15: 
Auburn Bay

 

What is Kids In Motion?

YMCA Kids in Motion (KIM) is a summer outreach program that gives elementary school aged children (ages 9-12) the opportunity to volunteer in meaningful community projects in their neighbourhoods such as the food drive, community gardens, working with community organizations or older adults. As a reward for their work, the participants get to enjoy recreational activities they might not otherwise have the opportunity to do like swimming, outdoor activities and visits to local attractions. KIM lets participants learn about community responsibility and encourages community involvement, caring for others and teamwork. Children also gain community service experience, have a chance to meet new friends, and gain increased self-confidence knowing they have helped to better their communities.

 

Our Sponsors

We would like to recognize and extend a big thank you to our Food Drive sponsors this year. Without their efforts and continued support the Food drive would not be possible!

Eagle

Eagle Well Servicing operates a fleet of 65 mobile, freestanding single, double and slant service rigs from centres throughout Western Canada. With an industry leading operations team and state-of-the-art rigs, Eagle rises above the rest when it comes to safe, efficient, functional well servicing.

Staff from Eagle Well Servicing will be donating their valuable time to helping the food get from the communities to the Food Bank.  In addition, they will be donating a considerable amount of food themselves.

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Southland Transportation Ltd. is committed to safety and service in the people transportation business. Southland operates school, charter, commuter and specialized transportation buses throughout Alberta and in Saskatchewan.

Southland Transportation Ltd. will be the main form of transportation for a Kid’s in Motion group during August 13, 2014. The busing company will follow a group of children through the Connaught community and pick up any donated food. Southland Transportation Ltd will then drive the kids to the Food Bank to participate in the festivities and help unload and weigh food.


YMCA Kids in Motion Food Drive

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During the week of August 11, 2014,  the15th Annual YMCA Calgary Kids in Motion and Day Camps Food Drive will take place. 

Enthusiastic YMCA kids and youth will be collecting food donations in various Calgary communities in support of the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank.

Kids in Motion is a summer volunteer program for young people ages nine to 12. Participants volunteer in meaningful projects in their local community and in return gain opportunities to enjoy recreational activities. The values, lessons and opportunities youth gain from this program are invaluable. They learn to work as a team, share pride in a job well done, make a positive contribution to their community and develop lifelong leadership skills.

August 13, 14, & 15 please support Kids In Motion participants and our day-campers as they collect donations for this year’s drive. Be sure to watch for your Food Bank bag and reminder flyer a few days before the food drive begins.

 

 


Earth Week at YMCA Calgary

Written by Deborah Wong, International Committee Volunteer

April 22 was Earth Day and the International Committee of YMCA put on an event for a week to celebrate our members. Earth Day is not just a day where people try to care more about their environment, but also raise awareness in our community to make a change on our daily bases to make our world greener.

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This year, International committee wanted to focus on a global environmental issue – Food waste. Every year, Canadians waste approximately 27.7 billions worth of food. One third of the food is wasted at a retail level and the other third is wasted in our homes. Overall, two thirds of the food that is produced are wasted. Food waste doesn’t just harm us financially, but it also harms our environment. The rotten food at landfills produces methane, which is a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. Therefore, we had planned this event to encourage our members to donate food to Food Bank and contribute to our community.

Thanks to all our members support, we had successfully raised 165 pounds of food from Saddletowne and Shawnessy YMCA’s. Thank you for supporting us to continue caring about our environment and thank you for making our planet greener for our next generation.


Earth Day – Food Drive!

Did you know that next Tuesday is Earth Day?!

To celebrate Earth Day this year, the YMCA Global Initatives Committee has organized a Food Drive!  

Boxes will be set up for donations at Shawnessy and Saddletowne YMCA locations from Monday, April 21st until Saturday, April 26th. 

 

We encourage you to donate non-perishable food items that may otherwise go to waste, or perhaps sit in your cupboards for years to come! There will also be information on environmental issues, food waste, and what YOU can do to get involved in Earth Week.

Earth Week Food drive poster

Why a food drive? Because food waste is an extremely important environmental issue affecting our planet. For example, methane produced from food waste in landfills is 25 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide!

 

Statistics Canada estimates that about 40% of all food produced in this country goes to waste – that’s $27 billion each year.

 

*All food will be donated to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank

 

More info:
Carla Bitz, Community Outreach & Global Initiatives Director
403-899-4047 | carla.bitz@calgary.ymca.ca


14th Annual Food Drive!

This summer will mark the 14th Annual YMCA Calgary Kids in Motion and Day Camps Food Drive. This year’s food drive will take place the week of August 12th, 2013. YMCA kids and youth collect food donations in multiple Calgary communities all week for the Calgary Food Bank. In 2012, almost 10,000 pounds of donations were collected for Calgarians in need.

Kids in Motion is a summer volunteer program for young people ages nine to 12. Participants volunteer in meaningful projects in their local community and in return receive the opportunity to enjoy fun recreational activities. The values, lesson and opportunities youth gain from this program are invaluable as they learn to work as a team and share pride in a job well done. They learn they can make a positive contribution to their community, which in turn helps to develop lifelong leadership skills.

On August 14, 15, & 16 Kids In Motion participants as well as our day-campers from across the city will be trekking through several communities to collect donations for this year’s drive.  Be sure to watch for your Food Bank bag and reminder flyer in the few days before the food drive begins.

If you would like to know if your community is included or which days we will visit you, please call Selena Gignac, Community Outreach Manager, at 403-899-4047

 

 


13th Annual Food Drive a Success

We had another successful year with the Food Drive.  In total we collected 7, 843 lbs of food to donate to the Food bank.  In addition, we got a donation of 555 lbs of school supplies from Apache Printing that also went to the Food Bank.

A huge congratulations to Riveredge who brought in the most lbs of food with a whopping 965 lbs!  Way to go guys!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make the 13th Annual Food Drive a success! 

 


13th Annual YMCA Food Drive

YMCA Calgary’s Kids in Motion program is hosting the 13th Annual Food Drive in support of the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank.

Kids in Motion is a work for leisure program where children ages 9-12 volunteer in the morning doing things such as the food drive, community gardens, murals and are then rewarded in the afternoon with recreational activities such as the zoo, bowling, swimming etc. 

The largest single event the Kids in Motion leads is the city wide food drive.  This year, YMCA Calgary is running the 13th annual Food Drive.  Last year we collected approximately 9,000 pounds of food!  These donations help supply Calgarians with food for the month of September and will help feed some of the 146,947 Calgarians who access the Food Bank in a year.

This year, YMCA Calgary will be joining forces with North Hill Shopping Centre and competing with 17 other cities in the Fare Fight for Food.  This is a Canada wide competition to win up to $50,000 in grants to support the Food Bank

Speak to a Member Services representative or call (403) 899-4127 for more information on how you can help.


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