The Mustard Seed and Red Deer Food Bank are encouraging locals to participate in Canada’s national walk for homelessness and poverty, the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) this weekend.  

The two or five-kilometer walk will start at the Mustard Seed on Saturday (Feb. 24), at 4 p.m.

With both organizations taking part, the in-person event is expected to be bigger compared to previous years.   

“It's going to be a carnival-like event. We're expanding into the parking lot this year. We've done it inside, but we're going to have many lines because there are two organizations for registration,” explained Scott Tilbury, Senior Development Officer for Red Deer’s Mustard Seed.  

Participants can also take part in raffles, and complimentary beverages and snacks.    

The Mustard Seed is participating in this year’s CNOY, after stepping away from the event in 2023.  

The food bank and the Mustard Seed have seen a steady increase in need over the past couple of years and have decided to take part in the event together to celebrate both organizations being in Red Deer for 40 years.   

“Our team met with the team at Blue Sea, which is the national organization that runs Coldest Night of the Year right across the country and we were able to come up with an amicable agreement. So, we're very excited to move forward. We have an outstanding relationship with the Red Deer Food Bank and are very excited to be working with them for the hungry, the hurting, and the homeless,” Tilbury said.  

Click here to register for the walk.