The 23rd annual Mac & Cheese Luncheon demonstrates business and community support for inner city residents, agencies

Edmonton, Alberta – March 22, 2018. The Inner City Agencies Foundation (ICAF) will mark Inner City Awareness Week by hosting the 23rd annual Mac & Cheese Luncheon today at noon at the Westin Edmonton. Once again, 350 members of Edmonton’s business community will show their support for the work of ICAF with Edmonton’s inner city residents. Deputy Mayor Michael Walters will officially proclaim March 18 – 24, 2018 as Inner City Awareness Week in Edmonton.

Keynote speaker Amanda Dauvin will share the inspiring story of how she overcame poverty and homelessness during her childhood. Thanks to her determination and fortitude – and with the right help, at the right time – she has not only survived, but thrived. She now uses her experience to encourage others as a speaker, coach and holistic therapist.

“The Inner City Agencies Foundation was formed in 1995 to raise awareness and funds to tackle some of the toughest poverty-related problems our city faces – including homelessness, addictions, mental and physical health care needs, and food insecurity,” says ICAF Co-Chair Jeff Baker, partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. “These are issues faced head on every day by thousands of people who have the very least in our city. For help, they turn to the seven agencies that make up the Inner City Agencies Foundation.”

“Community support makes a world of difference to the Inner City Agencies that are funded by this event and to the people that they help day in and day out,” says ICAF Co-Chair Keith Hennel, partner at Dentons Canada LLP. “It makes our entire community better.”

Inner City Awareness Week kicked off on Sunday, March 18 with 900 hot meals served at the annual Inner City Roast Beef Dinner.

The Mac & Cheese luncheon has raised more than $2 million for the Inner City Agencies Foundation over the past 22 years.

This year’s platinum sponsors of the Mac & Cheese Luncheon are CTV, Dentons, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, Production World, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region and Vision Creative Inc. Additional sponsors include Dr. Eric & Elexis Schloss, PCL Construction, Go Auto, Allard Foundation, ThresholdImpact, Nolan Drugs, PwC, and Tkachuk Advisory Group at Scotia Wealth Management.

About the Inner City Agencies Foundation

The Inner City Agencies Foundation (ICAF) is a joint initiative that combines the efforts of seven inner city agencies to fundraise for and provide a network of services to alleviate poverty-related problems such as housing, addiction, healthcare, nutrition and education in Edmonton.

The Foundation is made up of seven member agencies: Bissell Centre, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Boyle Street Community Services, e4c, Right at Home Housing Society, Edmonton People in Need Shelter Society and Operation Friendship Seniors Society.

ICAF initiatives comprise three major events:

  • Inner City Awareness Week: March 18-24, 2018

  • Inner City Roast Beef Dinner: March 18, 2018

  • Mac & Cheese Luncheon: March 22, 2018

Media Contact: Gillian Rutherford, Communications Director, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, 587-988-7805

Social media:  #ICAFmacandcheese

Backgrounder - Inner City Agencies Foundation members

Bissell Centre is a community resource centre that has been serving the needs of Edmontonians since 1910. Through its programs for individuals and families living in poverty, Bissell works to provide the power to better determine and achieve their goals.

Boyle McCauley Health Centre is committed to promoting health and preventing disease by providing accessible and responsive primary health care and health promotion programs.

Boyle Street Community Services is committed to building and providing community support for people living in poverty; increase individual responsibility, reduce social isolation, and build on individual strengths and capacities while encouraging the harm reduction and health promotion principle.

e4c is a human services organization that works towards changing lives and building stronger communities by feeding hungry people, creating affordable housing, providing safety and support to those in need, and encouraging parents and early learning.

Right at Home Housing Society is committed to providing long-term, safe, appropriate, affordable housing, support services and supportive property management for low-income people in Edmonton.

Edmonton People in Need Shelter Society (EPINSS) is dedicated to improving the well- being and quality of life of individuals with chronic mental health concerns. EPINSS provides the necessary programs and support services that include Designated Assisted Living facilities, nursing and personal care; medical, psychiatric and psychological services; and social, recreational, educational and vocational programs.

Operation Friendship Seniors Society is committed to advocating for and supporting the needs of Edmonton’s inner city seniors, and providing links to needed services for seniors; housing, food, friendship and a sense of community.