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Long-time partners adapt to support FCC Drive Away Hunger

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BDO and Co-op answer the call

A year with a pandemic brings unique challenges. For long-time FCC Drive Away Hunger partners, BDO and Co-op, supporting the drive meant innovating, even building their own online donation portals.

Running for a good cause with BDO

Instead of scaling back their support in 2020, BDO renewed their pledge to fight hunger. “Now more than ever, our communities need our help,” says Pat Kramer, Chief Executive Officer, BDO Canada. “I am proud that the pandemic hasn’t stopped us from supporting this important initiative. It’s the BDO way to band together and give back to the many local communities across Canada that we so gratefully serve.”

On October 3, the company held a virtual BDO Goes the Distance Run/Walk/Bike event where participants ran a set distance and collected cash donations in support of FCC Drive Away Hunger. Participants across Canada joined the challenge individually or in teams, which made for a fun group activity.

“I decided to create a group and take part in the FCC Drive Away Hunger BDO Goes the Distance Run/Walk/Bike event,” said Michelle Hansen, FCC Senior Relationship Management Associate in Moncton. “We completed a half marathon and raised $1,460 for our local food bank.”

Co-op gives food flexibility

Based in Western Canada, Co-op is well known for supporting local communities. They’re committed to improving lives in ways that are relevant and efficient, especially in times of crisis.

In light of COVID-19, Co-op gave $15,000 in gift cards to food banks throughout Western Canada – a simple gesture that gives food banks flexibility. Unlike food, gift cards don’t perish. They help food banks buy what they need, when they need it, without worrying about freshness and expiry dates. Co-op’s generous donation is helping local food banks provide 45,000 meals to families in need.

From all of us at FCC, thanks to BDO and Co-op for helping to reduce hunger and support rural Canada. And our sincere appreciation goes to all FCC Drive Away Hunger partners who stepped up during a year filled with challenges. The ingenuity and innovation you demonstrated is inspiring. Thank you.