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'Can Man Dan' kicks off 2016 winter tour of Alberta to combat hunger

Anti-poverty activist kicks off three city 'winter campout' in Edmonton

Dan Johnstone, who is also known as 'Can Man Dan,' is launching his winter tour to combat hunger in Alberta.

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Dan Johnstone, who is also known as 'Can Man Dan,' is launching his winter tour to combat hunger in Alberta.

Anti-poverty activist Dan Johnstone, who is also known as Can Man Dan, is launching his winter tour to combat hunger in Alberta.

“This is a very tough year for Albertans,” Johnstone said, in a release. “Food bank numbers across Alberta have reached record highs, shelves are empty, and people are in need.”

On repeat this year will be Johnstone's signature “freezing cold winter campout,” where he will camp outside grocery stores in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge to accept donations for various food banks.

“A lot of good people have been laid off in the past year and they’re struggling to keep their family fed,” he said. “It’s really, really tough out there.”

In 2015, Johnstone's winter campouts generated more than $25,000 and over 50,000 pounds of food for people.

The tour kicked off Thursday morning at the Safeway at Southgate Centre.

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