*Please note that although the Mid-High began taking donations on November 22nd, the Elementary does not begin their donation drive until December 1.
Dear Westmount Community, it’s that time of year where we come together to give to others. Last year we helped a school in need and WOW did Westmount come through. We are still receiving thank you emails from the teachers! Our community definitely made a difference for those kids.
This year it has come to our attention that the city is in need of food… A LOT OF FOOD. The impacts of the pandemic are far-reaching and food insecurity and hunger are at epidemic rates in Calgary. From kids to seniors this is the biggest need for food the city has ever seen.
Let’s show our Westmount way by helping those in need. If Westmount staff and families give what they can, we know we can make a difference in the lives of those that are experiencing hunger. Please help us if you can and LET’S BUILD WESTMOUNT’S FOOD MOUNTAIN!
Both Westmount campuses will be accepting NON PERISHABLE food items and MONETARY DONATIONS
- Elementary Campus Donation Dates: December 1st to December 16th
- The elementary food drive will be our December House Challenge as it aligns perfectly with the Character Count for the month, which is Caring. Students are asked to please bring in any non-perishable food items they can, and place them in their house colour box at the entrance of the school. We will be counting food items and the house with the most items donated will win!
- Mid-High Campus Donation Dates: November 17th to December 16th (Food hampers are located just inside the front doors of the school)
- Our food drive is underway!
All monetary donations received will be divided equally and distributed to all of the organizations listed below (if you would like to make sure your monetary donation goes to a certain organization please state this and we will make it happen).
- Monetary Donations should be given to:
- At the Mid-High Campus, drop your donations at the Mid-High office, Attention: Brandie Sedore (Please note that all COVID protocols apply inside the school and you must be wearing a mask to enter the building).
- At the Elementary Campus, elementary students should give their donations to their teachers (please make sure to specify your house colour). We ask that parents not enter the building to drop off donations.
- We will accept cash or cheque; cheques should be made out to Westmount Charter School
We will Deliver Food Donations Weekly
Food donations will be delivered weekly to the following organizations. Foods with high nutritional value are particularly welcome. We would ask that you also consider donating foods reflective of Calgary’s rich multicultural community. Non-perishable donations need not be limited to only the suggested items below.
- Calgary Food Bank
- NEW! Updated Food donation suggestions – CLICK HERE
- CANNED VEGETABLES: Carrots, Peas, Green Beans, Mixed Vegetables, Tomatoes
- CANNED FRUIT: Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Mixed fruit, Oranges
- CANNED PROTEIN: Ham, turkey, chicken, salmon, tuna, beans
- GRAINS: Soups, Pasta, Rice, Cereal
- OTHER ITEMS: Pasta Sauce, Juice, Peanut Butter, Pet Food
- Loonies for Lunches
- Loonies for Lunches brings students together to collect loonies to donate to the food bank. Each school and/or classroom could create a donation box to collect the loonies and perhaps have some healthy competition to see which class could raise the most. The loonies would then be used by the Food Bank to purchase food for our Weekends and More program that makes sure kids get the nutritious food they need on the weekends to stay healthy and learning.
- The Salvation Army Community Services
- No-cost, emergency food hampers are available for those in need with up to two days’ worth of non-perishable food and hygiene items. Delivery is available. Additional items can be requested including diapers, wipes and formula for infants or toddlers.
- Veterans Association Food Bank
- No-cost food hampers available to military veterans, RCMP veterans, those currently serving and their families. Phone to arrange a hamper.
- Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society
- Offers supports and programs for seniors
- Volunteer Drop Offs (food, supplies, etc.)
- Pet Assist (food deliveries, pet care, etc.)
- Contact information calgaryseniors.org for general information
The Following Organizations are ONLY Accepting MONETARY Donations
- The Mustard SEED
- Provides food and shelter to the homeless
- Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids
- Offers grocery cards to families whose kids are doing at-home learning or temporarily isolating.
- Can connect kids doing in-person learning to in-school bagged lunch programs
Thank you so much for your support in advance!