FCC Drive Away Hunger pro­vides over 9.5 mil­lion meals

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta -

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.

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