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FCC Drive Away Hunger provides over 16 million meals

  • Oct 23, 2019

Farm Credit Canada (FCC), along with its industry partners, participating schools and volunteers, have provided over 16 million meals for food banks and feeding programs nationwide, surpassing this year’s goal for FCC Drive Away Hunger.

“Food banks serve as a reminder there are individuals and families with children in both urban and rural Canada who struggle to make ends meet and putting food on the table is often a challenge,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO, announcing the results of this year’s collection in support of Canada’s food banks. “My hope is that FCC Drive Away Hunger raises awareness and inspires us to continue giving throughout the year in support of Canada’s food banks and those in need.”

For the 16th year of FCC Drive Away Hunger, FCC teams drove tractors through various communities to collect food and donations for 10 days, beginning on October 8, in cooperation with industry partners and schools. The annual food drive goes a long way toward replenishing the shelves at food banks and supporting school feeding programs across the country.

“We are proud to serve those who work every day to produce food and thankful for our partners, food bank volunteers, as well as the teachers and students who took the time to organize and participate in food drives,” Hoffort said. “Once again they have shown what a generous country we live in and how we can make a difference in so many lives by working together.”

Partners are a major contributor to the success of FCC Drive Away Hunger. Platinum partners were BDO Canada LLP, Lou’s Kitchen, Courchesne Larose, Chenail Import-Export, Dedicated Harvesters and Canadawide. They have committed to provide food and funds to feed the hungry through FCC Drive Away Hunger.

Parrish & Heimbecker Limited, Windset Farms, Co-op, Ray-Mont Logistics International, Nutrigroupe, Groupe Vegco Inc., Les Viandes du Breton and Bonduelle were national partners.

In addition to its annual food collection tractor tour, FCC contributed a total of $100,000 in support of food programs offered at 100 schools across Canada. In June each school received $1,000 to feed hungry children at school.

2019 FCC Drive Away Hunger final results (meals)

Location Total
British Columbia

386,314

Alberta

488,471

Saskatchewan

756,564

Manitoba 356,653
Ontario

3,751,140

Quebec

9,900,429

Atlantic Canada 230,565
Food Banks Canada 353,250 
*Total 16,223,386

*Combination of food and cash donations expressed in terms of meals ($1 = 3 meals, 1 lb = 1 meal)

FCC Drive Away Hunger is FCC’s flagship community investment program. Since 2004, FCC employees, customers and community partners have provided over 66 million meals to food banks in Canada. To learn more, visit fccdriveawayhunger.ca.

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For more information or interviews, please contact:

Trevor Sutter
Corporate Communication
Farm Credit Canada
1-855-780-5313
trevor.sutter@fcc.ca