Families helping families: Good Earth and local Food Banks remember the reason for the season

Families helping families: Good Earth and local Food Banks remember the reason for the season

Annual holiday program helps feed families through Gingerbread Families campaign

Calgary, AB (Nov. 21, 2016) – Leaving out milk and cookies for Santa this year can be even sweeter when they’re gingerbread cookies from Good Earth Coffeehouse (Good Earth). For more than 10 years, Good Earth has sold gingerbread family cookies to raise funds for charitable organizations and Canadians in need. This year, all donations raised will go to local Food Banks where Good Earth is located.

From now until December 31, Good Earth aims to sell 9,500 packages of Gingerbread Families with $1 from every cookie package sold donated to the local Food Bank. The money raised will help families in communities where Good Earth is located. All Good Earth cafés will also be accepting non-perishable food donations this holiday season.

“Simply put, in our society no one should go hungry. As a company who strives to serve exceptional coffee and wholesome food, we know how much a warm drink and hearty meal can make someone’s day,” said Nan Eskenazi, Good Earth co-founder.

Good Earth believes in making choices that have a positive impact, choices that can ‘do good.’ This value is at the heart of everything Good Earth does. From its environmental responsibility to its Fresh Food Philosophy and Direct Trade relationships with coffee farmers, Good Earth creates strong community-building initiatives with like-minded organizations.

“The Gingerbread Family program is our way of helping families alongside the St. Albert Food Bank,” said Michael Going, Good Earth co-founder and CEO. “We are happy to partner with Food Banks across Canada as they provide an essential service in each and every community we operate in.”

Each gingerbread package contains a family of three delicious cookies made fresh from wholesome ingredients found in Good Earth’s kitchens. These holiday delights are available at all 46 Good Earth locations and can also be purchased online by visiting www.goodearthcoffeehouse.com/we-cater/order-online

About Good Earth Coffeehouse

Good Earth is a network of authentic coffeehouses with 46 locations throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario. The first Good Earth Coffeehouse opened in Calgary in 1991. Founders, Nan Eskenazi and Michael Going, began with a desire to serve exceptional coffee and wholesome food, with a down-to-earth attitude. The company has grown through franchising, and remains true to the original mission… to be a coffeehouse with good food
(www.goodearthcoffeehouse.com).

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Utility Relief Grant Program – Next Intake

Our next Utility Relief Grant Program Intake will be available from November 15th, 2016 until September 15, 2017 in the St. Albert Community Village (beside the Food Bank). For more information, please contact the St. Albert Community Village and speak with Utility Grant Coordinator Diane at 780-459-0599 ext. 4 

Cultural Kitchen

Please join us for Community Cultural Kitchen and enjoy cooking from South Africa on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Albert Community VillageEveryone is welcome and can drop in – no need to register!

For more information, please contact Suzan at 780.459.0599 or email: safb@telus.net. 

Check out the Events Calendar for our next Community Cultural Kitchen!

Annual Food Drive

The St. Albert Food Bank Annual Food Drive is scheduled for Saturday, September 17th.

Please watch for the brown bag that will be delivered to your home. If you do not receive a bag you can use any bag you   may have. Please have the filled bag on your doorstep at noon on the 17th and the bag will be picked up by volunteer driving teams.

If your bag is not picked up on the 17th you may drop it at the Food Bank, any grocery store or at the Fire Halls, or you can call the Food Bank and we will send a volunteer to pick up as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please call the St. Albert Food Bank 780-459-0599

#30-50 Bellerose Drive

Thank you for your generous support!

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Tools for School

Please join us for our annual Tools for School on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the St. Albert Community Village and Food Bank

Marvel College and Studio 107 staff are generously donating their time to cut the children’s hair. Please call in or email to make a hair appointment and to let either Suzan or Fay know if your child needs a backpack and what grade they are going in to.
Some of our wonderful community partners will be here to meet you as well. And a light lunch will be served and there will be some gently used clothing to choose from.

For more information, please contact Suzan (ext 1) or Fay (ext 3) at 780.459.0599 or email: safb@telus.net. 

Community Cultural Kitchen

Please join us for Community Cultural Kitchen and enjoy cooking from Sri Lanka on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Albert Community VillageEveryone is welcome and can drop in – no need to register!

For more information, please contact Suzan at 780.459.0599 or email: safb@telus.net. 

Check out the Events Calendar for our next Community Cultural Kitchen!

Supporting Fort McMurray Wildfire Evacuees

The St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village is open on Thursday, May 12, 2016 to assist Fort McMurray evacuees.

For a list of evacuation and reception centres that are now open, including social services, AISH cheques, registry info, etc., please click on this link: http://www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm  

 

Volunteer Drivers & Driver’s Helpers Needed

The St. Albert Food Bank is looking for volunteer Drivers and Driver’s Helpers to assist with donation pick-up Friday afternoons from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Need to be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

We are also in need of someone to help keep the kitchen, laundry and washrooms clean at least twice a week.

For more info, please contact Margaret Branscombe at the St. Albert Food Bank & Community Village by phone at 780.459.0599 ext. 4 or email safbcv@telus.net.

St. Albert Utility Relief Grant Program

The St. Albert Community Village will be holding two intake dates in May 2016. The first will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and a second date on Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please visit the St. Albert Community Village website for application details. 

Annual General Meeting

The St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village will be holding its AGM on Monday, March 14, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Village meeting room, 50 Bellerose Drive, St. Albert.