Project announces $20,000 donation to support Veterans Food Bank

The Canadian Legacy Project announced their continued support of the Veterans Association Food Bank and their new food bank in Edmonton, Alberta, this month.

“Canadian Legacy Project is increasing our support of the Veterans Association Food Bank with a $20,000 donation directed towards their new Edmonton Food Bank. We want to congratulate the team at the Veterans Association Food Bank for all their hard work supporting those that stood on guard for our country,” stated Tom Howard, vice president of the Canadian Legacy Project.

“With the Edmonton client list growing from 46 Veterans to 70 in two short months, the Veterans Association Food Bank will be an important addition to the community,” Marie Blackburn, executive director Veterans Association Food Bank

Veterans Association Food Bank Edmonton Branch

The Edmonton Branch of Veterans Association Food Bank has been serving veterans since opening at the beginning of November 2019, following the abrupt closure of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Veteran food bank.

Many in the Veteran community felt the loss of this support system.

“In this short amount of time, they have helped four struggling veterans get into transitional housing and have aided a terminally ill veteran looking to be reunited with his family in his last days.

“All of these veterans deeply appreciate our help, and we are looking forward to providing more support and assistance to those in need in 2021,” says John M Kennedy CD Sgt Ret’d, assistant operations manager at Veterans Association Food Bank Edmonton Branch.

Need for Food Bank

Marie Blackburn, executive director Veterans Association Food Bank, mentioned that the large Veteran community in Edmonton had shown a need for a food bank and all the other support programs and services they offer.

She stated, “With the Edmonton client list growing from 46 Veterans to 70 in two short months, the Veterans Association Food Bank will be an important addition to the community.”

She extended thanks and appreciation to the Canadian Legacy Project for their continued support, including their most recent donation to their Edmonton Branch.

The Veterans Association Food Bank, the mission is:

      • to provide assistance to those that were willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and rights,
      • to implement programs in a safe,
      • welcoming environment by providing a place they can call home
      • to connect Veterans with their Brothers and Sisters to help them in times of need and to remind them of the comradeship they may have lost.

The Association Recognizes

The Veterans Association Food Bank recognizes any person who is currently serving or has honourably served in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

The Veterans Association Food Bank also recognizes and offers support to those currently serving, honourably discharged, or honourably released Commonwealth Allies, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Peacekeepers, Merchant Marines, or Ferry Command (Coast Guard).

Support will be extended to spouses, widows, widowers, and any dependent children in need. Proof of military service or affiliation required. The Veterans Association Food Bank has an Edmonton and Calgary branch.

The Canadian Legacy Project was created 13 years ago because many Canadian Military Veterans were having a challenging time transitioning from their military career to civilian life.

The Project is designed to support veterans in need and develop programs to help improve their everyday lives. Canadian Legacy Project is a registered charity working throughout Canada. Visit here to learn more about the Canadian Legacy Project here or donate to the Veterans Association Food Bank visit here.

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