Grande Prairie’s Brad Sims performs at the Calgary Race Against Hunger barbecue, just one of the events that took place in our operating communities in 2014.
We helped stuff a bus, barbecued hamburgers and refereed races up and down grocery store aisles this summer, all in support of food banks in our operating areas.
Encana supports the Race Against Hunger program each summer, with this year’s program raising a total of $55,623, including 10,739 pounds of food for food banks in Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek, Drumheller, Calgary and Denver.
In Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek, local firefighters, cowboys, chuckwagon drivers, elected officials and volunteers raced the aisles of the local grocery store to fill carts for the food bank as the clock ticked down. In Drumheller, Encana staff and community volunteers stuffed a school bus with nonperishable food donations. Calgary staff showed their support for the program by raising funds and bringing nonperishable food donations to a country-style barbecue during the week of the Calgary Stampede. And in the USA, Encana brought the program to Denver for the first time to support the Food Bank of the Rockies.
The Race Against Hunger program evolved from successful food drives in our operating communities. The program raises food, funds and awareness during the slower summer months when donations are harder to come by. Since its start in 2010, the program has raised a total of more than $350,000 including 48,000 pounds of food. This total includes the matching funds provided by Encana through our Matching Gifts Program.
Thousands of Canadians and Americans visit food banks every month. Helping to keep the shelves of food banks well stocked supports our neighbors and demonstrates our commitment to community wellbeing in the areas where we operate.