The Airdrie Food Bank's Shamrock Shimmy is this Saturday at the Town and Country Centre! 

Shamrock Shimmy is the largest fundraiser for the Airdrie Food Bank and tickets are currently on sale, along with a WestJet raffle! Christine Taylor, Event, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Airdrie Food Bank, explained they were really excited for WestJet to donate these tickets to help them out because it is a really easy way for the food bank to make money for their program.

"We're very excited! We still have some tickets left, and we're still looking for auction items, but the best thing is we have WestJet tickets to anywhere WestJet flies; obviously, there are restrictions, so you have to read small print people. They are $10 each, we're only selling 1000 tickets. The draw will be shimmy nights, you do not have to be at the shimmy to win, we will contact you but they will be on sale until 8:45 on March 11." 

It's been a bit since the Airdrie Food Bank has been able to hold their Shimmy and right now they need the fundraiser more than ever, 

"We haven't been able to have it [Shamrock Shimmy] for three years because of COVID. So, we're very excited and we're just really happy to have our community together and celebrating and also raising money for our programs."

The food bank is taking more hamper appointments than they ever have and the need continues to grow.

"We are buying more food than we ever have; the Shamrock Shimmy is what will help pay for those items that aren't donated."

If you are interested in attending the Shamrock Shimmy or buying tickets for the WestJet raffle, click HERE.

Although Airdrie's food bank is unsure how the money will be dispersed, the 2023 provincial budget announced the province is providing a total of $20 million over two years to food banks and civil society organizations working to provide food security for vulnerable Albertans. Of that $20 million, $5 million is to match private donations each year.

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