FCC Drive Away Hunger tractors tour Canada in October
Sep 13, 2016
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and its partners across the country launched the 13th annual FCC Drive Away Hunger with a goal of providing four million meals for Canada’s food banks.
This year, FCC Drive Away Hunger tractor tours will take place during the week of October 10 in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. FCC is also collecting food and cash donations in its office locations Canada-wide until October 14.
“Food is a basic need for every one of us, yet not everyone is fortunate to have enough to eat,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO. ”We’re proud to bring together partners from across Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry to provide food to people in our communities who need it most – especially children.”
The launch precedes Hunger Awareness Week from September 19 to 23, 2016, which aims to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in Canada.
FCC Drive Away Hunger involves driving a tractor and trailer through communities to collect food and cash donations for food banks across the country. One hundred per cent of donations go to Canadian food banks, and anyone can visit www.fccdriveawayhunger.ca to make a monetary donation.
“FCC Drive Away Hunger is an excellent example of how FCC and Canadian agriculture contribute to their communities and those in need,” Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay said. “I commend FCC for leading this national food drive and Canadian farmers for their continued generosity and support for food banks across the country.”
FCC Drive Away Hunger is FCC’s flagship community investment program. Since 2004, FCC employees, customers and community partners have raised over 27 million meals.
FCC’s enthusiastic partners are also a major reason for the program’s success year after year.
As Platinum partners, BDO, TMF Foods Inc., Courchesne Larose, Chenail and Dedicated Harvesters have once again committed to collecting and providing food for FCC Drive Away Hunger.
Parrish and Heimbecker Limited, Windset FarmsTM, Co-op, Solis Foods Corporation, AGT Foods, BroadGrain Commodities Inc., SWT and Ray-Mont Logistics have also joined as national partners.
“I’m truly touched by the amount of support we see across Canada,” said Hoffort. “We believe in this cause and we’re thankful to our customers and partners who take action to help fill empty plates,” noting that hunger touches nearly 850,000 Canadians each month, many of whom are children.
FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $28 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. Our profits are reinvested back into agriculture and the communities where our customers and employees live and work. Visit fcc.ca or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.
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For more information, photos or interviews, contact:
Éva Larouche (bilingual)
Farm Credit Canada