FCC Drive Away Hunger provides over 7.2 million meals

  • Oct 18, 2017

Farm Credit Canada (FCC), along with its industry partners, participating schools and volunteers, have provided over 7.2 million meals for food banks nationwide, far surpassing this year’s goal for FCC Drive Away Hunger.

“Every meal is a step toward a better future for someone who truly needs a helping hand,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO, in announcing the results of this year’s collection in support of Canada’s food banks.

“We are proud of those who work everyday to produce food, partners who donate and help us collect food, and of those who volunteer at food banks and school meal programs across Canada,” Hoffort said. “We are all connected to the common cause of reducing hunger in our communities and making a difference in Canadians’ lives.”

FCC Drive Away Hunger involves driving a tractor and trailer through communities to collect food and cash donations for food banks across the country. During the week of October 9, FCC teams drove tractors through communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

Partners are a major contributor to the success of FCC Drive Away Hunger. Platinum partners were BDO Canada, The Meat Factory Limited, Courchesne Larose, Chenail Fruits and Legumes and Dedicated Harvesters.

Nine national partners also played an important role by committing cash and collecting donations in helping FCC achieve its goal: Parrish and Heimbecker Limited, Windset Farms,
Co-opBroadGrain Commodities Inc., SWTRay-Mont LogisticsNutrigroupe and Vegco.

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 September, each school received $1,000 to feed hungry children at school.

“We’re especially thankful to the students who took the time to collect items from home to donate to their local food banks,” Hoffort said. “Their generosity and caring toward those in need is truly inspiring.”

2017 FCC Drive Away Hunger final results (meals)

Location Total
British Columbia 449,154
Alberta 437,489
Saskatchewan

839,594

Manitoba 340,382
Ontario 1,516,043
Quebec 3,030,372
Atlantic Canada 237,367
Food Banks Canada 434,718
*Other 160
**Total 7,285,279

*Donations not associated with a specific province
**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 40 million meals to food banks in Canada. To learn more, visit www.fccdriveawayhunger.ca.

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $31 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, graphs or interviews, contact:

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