Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley had a very strong showing in the 2022 Greater Vancouver Food Bank Mayors' Challenge.
The food bank says the City of Burnaby, led by Hurley, finished third out of nine mayors participating in the month-long campaign. The official results say Hurley raised a total of $86,132.42.
The competition saw mayors from throughout Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland see who could raise the most money per capita, with an overall campaign goal of $500,000.
Hurley finished with 35 cents per capita.
Value per capita was determined by combining cash raised and food value ($2.62 for each pound of food collected) and then dividing that total by the 2016 Census population data for each city.
New Westminster finished second with $75,632.62 (rounded up to 96 cents per capita) while the City of North Vancouver and Mayor Linda Buchanan finished first for the second straight year raising $55,840 (96 cents per capita).
"It was so wonderful to see so many Burnaby residents showing generosity and care for their community during the Mayors’ Food Bank Challenge," Hurley said in a Greater Vancouver Food Bank news release.
"The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is a vital resource for so many people in our region, and the funds we raised through this challenge will go a long way to supporting their work in our communities.”
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank says overall, the campaign raised $313,728 of its $500,000 goal.
"The generosity of the public has blown us away again. Thank you to all the participating Mayors, especially Mayor Buchanan, for stepping up again this year and raising an incredible amount of funds for us to provide healthy food to those in need!" Greater Vancouver Food Bank CEO David Long added.
"The Mayors’ Food Bank Challenge was a great opportunity for us to raise awareness and tell our story. Thank you, everyone, for helping us feed over 11,000 people each month.”
Participating mayors and cities were:
- Burnaby - Mayor Mike Hurley
- Chilliwack - Mayor Ken Popove
- City of North Vancouver - Mayor Linda Buchanan
- Coquitlam - Mayor Richard Stewart
- New Westminster - Mayor Jonathan Coté
- Port Coquitlam - Mayor Brad West
- Port Moody - Mayor Rob Vagramov
- Vancouver - Mayor Kennedy Stewart
- White Rock - Mayor Darryl Walker