FCC Drive Away Hunger provides over 9.5 million meals

  • Oct 23, 2018

Farm Credit Canada (FCC), along with its industry partners, participating schools and volunteers, have provided over 9.5 million meals for food banks and feeding programs nationwide, surpassing this year’s goal for FCC Drive Away Hunger.

“FCC Drive Away Hunger goes a long way toward replenishing the shelves at food banks and supporting school feeding programs across the country and this year was no different,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO, in announcing the results of this year’s collection in support of Canada’s food banks. “We know that reducing hunger in Canada is a year-round effort, so we hope we’ve inspired many to continue donating to food banks throughout the year to help those most in need.”

To mark the 15th anniversary of FCC Drive Away Hunger, FCC teams drove tractors through various communities to collect food and donations for 15 days, beginning on October 4. Tractor tours were held in almost every province in cooperation with industry partners and schools.

“We are proud to serve those who work everyday 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. “It’s truly inspiring to see countless volunteers working together to help make a difference in so many lives.”

Partners are a major contributor to the success of FCC Drive Away Hunger. Platinum partners were BDO Canada LLP, The Meat Factory Limited, Courchesne Larose, Chenail Fruits & Legumes and Dedicated Harvesters. 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, VegPro International Inc., Paysan and duBreton have also joined as 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 September, each school received $1,000 to feed hungry children at school.

2018 FCC Drive Away Hunger final results (meals)

Location Total
British Columbia 276,961.72
Alberta

571,731.18

Saskatchewan

776,908.27

Manitoba 334,641.15
Ontario

3,973,530.72

Quebec

3,068,123.27

Atlantic Canada 196,259.80
Food Banks Canada 306,855.00
*Other 91.00
**Total 9,505,102.11

*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 50 million meals to food banks in Canada. To learn more, visit fccdriveawayhunger.ca.

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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