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Find information about FCC Drive Away Hunger along with photos, media contacts and quotes and statistics. For media inquiries, contact Éva Larouche (bilingual) at 1-888-780-6647.

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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

“Since 2004, FCC Drive Away Hunger has raised more than 50 million meals, making a significant impact on the lives of Canadians who struggle with food insecurity. The campaign continues to bring together schools and industry partners within communities to raise food and funds, thereby helping thousands of Canadians in need. Food Banks Canada is grateful for the continued support in addressing hunger across the country.” Chris Hatch, Chief Executive Officer, Food Banks Canada

Food bank use across Canada

  • Each month, over 1 million Canadians are assisted by a food bank
  • Of those assisted by a food bank each month, 35 per cent are children yet they only represent 20% of the population
  • There are more than 450 food banks, and 4,500 food programs in Canada
  • There are nearly 600 rural food banks in Canada

Alberta

"We are so appreciative of the annual FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign to support food banks. With food bank usage in Alberta at record levels, the continuing support of FCC is critical to raising food and awareness about hunger. We value our long-standing partnership with FCC and its generous employees in offices across the province."  Stephanie Rigby, Executive Director, Food Banks Alberta

Food bank use in Alberta

  • Almost 100,000 people turn to a food bank each month
  • Nearly 40 per cent of those assisted by food banks are children

British Columbia

“We couldn’t be more grateful for the support and encouragement our food banks receive from the FCC Drive Away Hunger tour each year!   The donations we receive ensures that fresh, healthy foods reach the tables of the individuals, families and children who would otherwise be facing hunger.   We love this amazing campaign and the heroes that FCC brings together to support food banks across British Columbia!” Laura Lansink, Executive Director, Food Banks BC

Food bank use in British Columbia

  • There are over 125,000 visits to a food bank each month as a result of over 80,000 people needing support
  • Over 30 per cent of those assisted by food banks are children

Manitoba

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with FCC for the Drive Away Hunger campaign. It is partners like FCC that help us do the work we do, sharing food through our network of over 400 partner agencies, to 62,000 individuals each month across Manitoba. We would like to thank FCC for its continued support in helping us fight hunger and feed hope.” Grace Weigelt, Director of Community Engagement, Winnipeg Harvest

Food bank use in Manitoba

  • Close to 70,000 people turn to a food bank each month
  • Over 40 per cent of those assisted by food banks are children

New Brunswick

“In New Brunswick Food Banks New Brunswick serves 20,000 every month who need our help. We appreciate the efforts of Farm Credit Canada as they help us Drive Away Hunger. On behalf of the 61 Food Banks serving New Brunswick's less fortunate I want to say thank you very much for ... Helping Us Help Others!” Greg Doucet, Provincial Food Director, NBAFB-ABANB

Food bank use in New Brunswick

  • Over 20,000 people turn to a food bank each month
  • Over 30 per cent of those assisted by food banks are children

Newfoundland & Labrador

“Food Bank usage throughout Newfoundland and Labrador on a per capita basis continues to be among the highest in Canada.  While the funds and food raised is critical to helping those less fortunate among us, of equal importance is the public awareness that the FCC Drive Away Hunger Campaign generates. We here at The Community Food Sharing Association have enjoyed a long and rich history with Farm Credit Canada in helping those in need.” Egbert Walters, General Manager, Community Food Sharing Association

Food bank use in Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Over 28,000 people turn to a food bank each month
  • Over 35 per cent of those assisted by food banks are children

Nova Scotia

"When you've got 41,000 people counting on you to help put food on the table it makes a huge difference having someone like Farm Credit Canada on your side. Drive Away Hunger is one of those events that the community really rallies to support—farmers, businesses, school kids. It's pretty incredible to see the smiles of those loading up the truck with food donations, and the relief and gratitude of those who receive it. We can’t wait to be part of it again." Karen Theriault, Director of Development and Communications, Feed Nova Scotia

Food bank use in Nova Scotia

  • At least 41,000 people are assisted by a food bank each year
  • 30 per cent of those assisted by food banks are children

Ontario

"We look forward to partnering with FCC again for the FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign. Not only does this campaign bring national attention to the real issue of hunger, it raises community support for rural food banks here in Ontario and directly helps over 501,000 people turning to them each year in our province. Communities across Ontario are positively impacted by FCC Drive Away Hunger." Carolyn Stewart, Executive Director, Feed Ontario (formerly the Ontario Association of Food Banks)

Food bank use in Ontario

  • Over 501,000 people turn to a food bank each year
  • 33 per cent of those assisted by food banks are children

Prince Edward Island

"Each month over 3200 individuals rely on PEI Food Banks to help them with some of their food needs.  PEI Food Banks and Food Banks across the country are extremely  fortunate to have the support of Farm Credit Canada to help us meet these needs." Mike MacDonald, General Manager, Upper Room Hospitality Ministry

Food bank use in Prince Edward Island

  • Over 3,000 people turn to a food bank each month
  • Over 35 per cent of those assisted by food banks are children

Quebec

"Each month, more than 500,000 people go hungry in Quebec. We are grateful to FCC Drive Away Hunger, which engages Canadians in their local communities. We would like to thank FCC for its leadership in engaging our communities to collect healthy food and funds for members of our network Moisson (regional food sorting and redistribution centres serving nearly 1,200 organizations) and for families in need." Annie Gauvin, Executive Director of Food Banks of Quebec.

Food bank use in Quebec

  • Almost 366,000 people are assisted by a food bank each month
  • Over 35 per cent of those assisted by food banks are children

Saskatchewan

“Every year we look forward to partnering with Farm Credit Canada for the FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign! Their tour provides much needed support to Saskatchewan communities by creating awareness around issues relating to hunger and food security, both locally and nationally. The food, funds and volunteer support generated by this campaign make the work of food banks across the province possible. Thank you to everyone who participates in FCC Drive Away Hunger for your support in fighting hunger in our province." Laurie O’Connor, Executive Director, Food Banks of Saskatchewan 

Food bank use in Saskatchewan

  • Over 38,600 people are assisted by a food bank each month
  • Almost 45 per cent of those assisted by food banks are children