FCC Drive Away Hunger

Thanks a million

(well 5 million, actually)

You helped raise five million pounds of food for food banks across the country.

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.

Our Partners

Thanks to the support of our partners, FCC Drive Away Hunger makes a difference for thousands of people who rely on food banks.

Interested in becoming a partner? Get in touch.

Platinum Partners

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TMF Foods

National Partners

P & H New Life Mills
CO-OP
Solis
Saladexpress
Broad Grain
Windset Farms
Défi Jeunesse Québec

Learn more    

Alliance Grain Traders
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Newsroom

Find information about FCC Drive Away Hunger along with photos, media contacts and quotes and statistics from 2013.

FCC Drive Away Hunger Story PDF (240 KB)

News Releases

May 6, 2014  - FCC Drive Away Hunger launches 11th year

Oct 21, 2014 - FCC Drive Away Hunger collects over 5 million pounds of food

Photos 

Drive Away Hunger tractor with trailer
Man loading Drive Away Hunger donation
Collection of drive away hunger donations
Volunteers loading Drive Away Hunger donations
Kids with Drive Away Hunger donations
Drive away Hunger volunteers holding pallets of food

Contacts

Éva Larouche (bilingual)
1-888-780-6647

About Food Banks Canada

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.

Quotes and Stats

National

“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

Alberta

“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

Manitoba

“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

Nova Scotia

“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

Ontario

“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

Quebec

“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

Saskatchewan

“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