Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Drive Away Hunger has already collected more than 3.3 million pounds of food as tractors prepare to roll across rural Canada in a final push to raise five million pounds of food for Canadian food banks.
Launched in May, FCC Drive Away Hunger will culminate with tractor tours in five provinces the week of October 14 in conjunction with World Food Day, October 16. Tours will happen in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and at FCC’s corporate office in Regina. To view the itineraries of the tractor tours, visit: http://www.driveawayhunger.ca/itineraries.
“Amazing, that’s how I would describe the support so far. And even though we’re so close to our target, in the final few weeks we need agriculture’s support more than ever to fill the shelves and help those who need it most,” FCC President and CEO Greg Stewart said. “Canadian producers and agribusiness operators grow some of the world’s highest quality and safest food. We invite them to come aboard to help us reach our 10th anniversary collection goal.”
As part of FCC Drive Away Hunger, the Give What You Grow option enables producers to pledge a portion of their product – such as an acre of crop or amount of vegetables, an animal or the cash proceeds from the sale of those products – to the campaign.
For every one million pounds of food raised through Drive Away Hunger, FCC will donate $100,000, up to a total of $400,000. To date, FCC has matched $300,000.
Almost 900,000 Canadians are assisted by a food bank each month and 38 per cent of those are children. There are more than 450 food banks and 4,500 food programs in Canada.
“As one of Food Banks Canada’s Top 10 Food Drives, FCC Drive Away Hunger is helping rural communities across the country,” said Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director at Food Banks Canada. “The passion and drive of FCC employees is a testament to the commitment they have to their communities.”
Two Platinum partners have offered great support this year: BDO, one of the leading accounting and advisory firms in Canada and TMF Foods Ltd., a value added processor of meat products specializing in fully cooked entrees. Cargill Limited, Defi-Jeunesse, Federated Co-operatives Limited, Parrish and Heimbecker Limited (New Life Mills), Solis Foods Corporation and Windset Farms(TM) are the National partners, playing an important role in collecting donations.
Food and cash donations can be dropped off at all 100 FCC offices across Canada until October 18, and everyone can visit http://www.fccdriveawayhunger.ca to make a cash donation.
In 10 years, FCC Drive Away Hunger has collected more than 11 million pounds of food. It has grown to become the largest employee-led food drive in Canada. To learn more about FCC’s most important community investment initiative, visit http://www.driveawayhunger.ca.