When it comes to our basic needs in life, food is at the top of the list. Most of us are fortunate to have enough to eat. Not everyone is so lucky. But thanks to the generosity of our partners and community volunteers, there are fewer empty plates in Canada.
No one should go hungry
Farm Credit Canada is passionate about FCC Drive Away Hunger, the largest employee-led food drive in Canada. It’s a way we can all come together to help Canadian food banks help those who go hungry – including kids, who sadly make up 36 per cent of people who rely on food banks in our country.
Thanks to the support of our partners, FCC Drive Away Hunger makes a difference for thousands of people who rely on food banks.
FCC has partnered with Food Banks Canada, a national charitable organization representing the food bank community across Canada. For over 20 years, Food Banks Canada has worked to build relationships with donors and the public to raise food and funds, increase awareness of the hunger issue and advocate on behalf of Canadians who are hungry.
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“Canadians know that hunger is a significant issue in our country and continue to be very generous supporters of local food banks and their neighbours in need. Each year I continue to be inspired by the staff of FCC and their commitment to helping their communities. We are thrilled to again partner with FCC in 2014 and wish them another successful year.” Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada
Food bank use across Canada
Each month, over 850,000 Canadians are assisted by a food bank.
Of those assisted by a food bank each month, 36 per cent are children
There are more than 450 food banks, and 4,500 food programs in Canada
There are nearly 600 rural food banks in Canada
It is estimated that over half of people using food banks in 2014 will do so for the first time
“We look forward to another year of FCC’s Drive Away Hunger campaign where individuals and families across Alberta come together to support our food banks and the close to 49,000 people turning to them each month. We would like to thank FCC employees, volunteers and all those involved in our communities for their commitment to reducing hunger in our province and across Canada” Stephanie Rigby, Executive Director, Alberta Food Banks
Food bank use in Alberta
In Alberta, close to 49,000 people are assisted by a food bank each month
Of those assisted by a food bank each month in Alberta, 44 per cent are children
“FCC’s Drive Away Hunger campaign is an important food drive in our province- providing support directly to our food banks and to the over 60,000 individuals who access them each month in Manitoba. Each year FCC employees lead the way to help those in need of essential food and we are excited to begin the 11th year!” Graham Starmer, Executive Director, Manitoba Association of Food Banks
Food bank use in Manitoba
In Manitoba, over 60,000 people are assisted by a food bank each month
Of those assisted by a food bank each month in Manitoba, 45 per cent are children
“The FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign positively impacts communities across Nova Scotia. This national food drive brings our communities together with the joined mission to reduce hunger and raise food and funds for our local food banks. At a time when over 21,000 people are assisted by food banks each month in our province, we look forward to making a difference with FCC this year!” Dianne Swinemar, Executive Director, Feed Nova Scotia
Food bank use in Nova Scotia
In Nova Scotia, over 21,000 people are assisted by a food bank each month
Of those assisted by a food bank each month in Nova Scotia, 32 per cent are children
“We look forward to partnering with FCC again for the 11th annual Drive Away Hunger campaign. Not only does this campaign bring national attention to the real issue of hunger- it raises community support for our rural food banks here in Ontario and directly helps the nearly 380,000 people turning to them each month in our province. Communities across Ontario will be positively impacted by this national food drive!” Bill Laidlaw, Executive Director, Ontario Association of Food Banks
Food bank use in Ontario
In Ontario, nearly 380,000 people turn to a food bank each month
In Ontario 35 per cent of those assisted by food banks are children
“In Quebec, over 155,000 people are assisted by a food bank each month - 37% of whom are children. We are grateful for FCC’s Drive Away Hunger campaign that addresses hunger nationally and engages Canadians locally. Thank you FCC for your leadership in engaging our communities to raise food and funds for our local food banks and for individuals and families who are in need.” Zakary O. Rhissa, Executive Director, Food Banks of Québec
Food bank use in Quebec
In Quebec, over 155,000 people are assisted by a food bank each month
In Quebec 37 per cent of those assisted by food banks are children
“FCC’s Drive Away Hunger is an important campaign that brings our communities together while helping our neighbors in need. As a province that sees over 24,000 people turning to food banks each month, we look forward to this annual food drive that supports our local food banks while bringing national attention to hunger.” Bill Hall, Executive Director, Food Banks of Saskatchewan
Food bank use in Saskatchewan
In Saskatchewan, over 24,000 people are assisted by a food bank each month
Of those assisted by a food bank each month in Saskatchewan, 44 per cent are children