2021 Vale / USW Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive Kicks-Off

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2021 Vale / USW Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive Kicks-Off

SUDBURY, November 17, 2021 – The Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive kicked off today in Vale’s Sudbury Operations and with an open invitation to the community to participate and contribute to this important campaign in support of the Sudbury Food Bank.

This year’s organizers have turned their minds to how to safely run the beloved Sudbury holiday giving campaign amidst COVID-19 and determined that Edgar’s unwavering commitment to supporting the community’s most vulnerable remains their inspiration, now more than ever.

“The Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive has become synonymous with the holiday season in Sudbury,” said Vale Campaign Co-Chair Shannon Katary, “This year, it’s taking place during a time when the community is facing significant physical, emotional and financial challenges brought about by COVID-19.”

Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate, either by collecting food donations or online financial donations. While organizers appreciate that contactless donations may be preferable and are certainly appreciated during this unprecedented year, they continue to graciously accept food donations from local businesses and organizations who have been such an important driver behind the food drive’s longstanding success. COVID-19 protocols have been put in place to ensure that volunteers and participant safety remains the top priority throughout the campaign.

“This year’s campaign will once again be a challenge with what’s happening in the world around us,” said USW Co-Chair Owen Marcotte, “Thankfully, I know the Sudbury community is up to that challenge and will continue to help make this food drive a success, as they have every year.”

Edgar Burton, a Vale employee and member of the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 6500, started the annual food drive 34 years ago when his daughters asked him if they could start collecting food for people who were going hungry in their community in his workplace. Since then, the campaign has grown to include hundreds of businesses, organizations and schools which have collected over 1,000 tons of food for the Sudbury Food Bank since it first began.

“The Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive is vital for the Sudbury Food Bank, especially this year,” said Mellaney Dahl, President of the Sudbury Food Bank. “Through the continued generosity of local businesses and residents, we are able to feed approximately 8,000 clients every month and try to be prepared for an uncertain future in the face of this pandemic. It’s everyone working together that makes this possible. No one can feed everyone, but everyone can feed someone.”

The Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive runs from November 17th – December 10th. Reserve troops from the Canadian Armed Forces 2nd Battalion Irish Regiment will be picking up donations from participating businesses and organizations December 13th-15th.

To donate visit www.sudburyfoodbank.ca/edgarburton For more information about the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive and how to participate, please contact 705-682-8200 or email at ebcfooddrive@gmail.com. You can also follow the campaign on social media with #onemorecan.


Media contact:

Dan Xilon   ​Shannon Katary
Executive Director   Co-Chair
Sudbury Food Bank    Edgar Burton Christmas Food ​Drive
sudburyfoodbank@vianet.ca   ebcfooddrive@gmail.com
705-671-9663   705-280-0448
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2021 Vale / USW Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive Kicks-Off