FCC Drive Away Hunger helps food banks and school meal programs

  • Sep 06, 2017

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) launched the 14th year of FCC Drive Away Hunger by contributing $100,000 to school meal programs across Canada, in addition to announcing this year’s goal for its annual food drive.

“We are always looking for more ways to support those who are working everyday to help alleviate hunger in Canada,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO, adding this year’s goal is to collect the equivalent of five million meals for Canada’s food banks and hunger programs.

FCC offices across Canada are now collecting food and cash donations until October 13. Beginning on October 10, FCC Drive Away Hunger tractor tours will take place in Alberta (Camrose, Lloydminster), Ontario (London, Wyoming, Thornton), Quebec (Ange-Gardien), Nova Scotia (Truro) and Saskatchewan (Yorkton, Humboldt, Regina) to collect food and donations from individuals and organizations, including industry partners and schools.  

To launch FCC Drive Away Hunger this year, the federal Crown corporation is contributing a total of $100,000 in support of food programs offered at 100 schools selected by FCC offices across Canada based on need. Each school is receiving $1,000 in support of their program.

“There are always people in our communities in need of a helping hand and no child should ever have to make it through a school day on an empty stomach,” said Hoffort, noting that hunger touches over 860,000 Canadians each month, many of whom are children.

The launch precedes Hunger Awareness Week from September 18-22, 2017 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 is in a unique position to bring together Canada’s agriculture community to share the food it produces with those who need it most,” Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay said. “I am proud of FCC’s continued leadership in this national food drive, as well as the generosity and support of Canadian farmers, who consistently produce among the highest quality and safest food in the world.”

FCC Drive Away Hunger is FCC’s flagship community investment program. Since 2004, FCC employees, customers and community partners have raised over 33 million meals.

FCC’s enthusiastic partners are also a major reason for the program’s success year after year.

As Platinum partners, BDO CanadaThe Meat Factory LimitedCourchesne LaroseChenail Fruits and Legumes and Dedicated Harvesters have committed to providing food and funds to feed the hungry through FCC Drive Away Hunger.

Parrish and Heimbecker LimitedWindset FarmsCo-opNutrigroupeBroadGrain Commodities Inc.SWT and Ray-Mont Logistics have also joined as national partners.

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $30 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 FacebookLinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.

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For more information, photos or interviews, contact:

Trevor Sutter
Corporate Communication
Farm Credit Canada