CALGARY, Alta. – Records were broken in the 2015 installment of the 18 Wheels of Christmas campaign, with the Calgary food bank receiving more than 35,000 pounds of food and over $16,000 in donations, and the Edmonton food bank getting 92,377 pounds of food and just shy of $10,000 in funds.
“With the downturn in the economy, access to food banks across the country has increased with the majority of users being young families,” said 18 Wheels of Christmas organizers in a letter to 2015 campaign supporters. “A special thank you to Shannon and Mike with the AMTA (Alberta Motor Transport Association). Without the enthusiasm, time and ideas of all these people we could not have made the impact we did this year.”
The 18 Wheels of Christmas initiative is coordinated by Rosenau Transport and supported by the AMTA, and challenges Western Canadian transportation companies to collect and donate food for food banks in Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C.
Other food bank locations to receive donations included Grande Prairie, Alta., Saskatoon, Sask., Lloydminster, Alta., Dawson Creek, B.C., and Medicine Hat, Alta, which received 35 boxes of food, 150 hampers and $13,000 in cash.