Farm Credit Canada Exceeds Food Drive Goal: 6.5 Million Pounds Collected
When I first reported on Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Drive Away Hunger Campaign in the spring, the agricultural lender was aiming to collect five million pounds of food to be distributed through Food Banks Canada. In the end, the 10th anniversary campaign, which wrapped up recently, outdid the target and increased donations by 108 percent over last year.
Food was collected through 100 FCC offices across the country, and through the collection and donation of food by partner organizations. As well, tractor tours wound their way through many agricultural communities, gathering donations and raising awareness.
“I’m truly touched by the amount of support in communities across Canada,” said FCC President and CEO Greg Stewart. “The contributions of partners, schools, as well as thousands of volunteers and generous Canadians were crucial to mark our 10th anniversary year where we set a pretty challenging goal of five million pounds of food.”
Nearly 900,000 Canadians use a food bank each month, and there are almost 600 rural food banks in Canada. “We are thankful for the attention that FCC’s Drive Away Hunger program brings to our rural community food banks. This program helps to make a positive impact in providing more food to more people in communities across the province.” Says Zakary O. Rhissa, Executive Director, Food Banks of Quebec.
Drive Away Hunger is only one aspect of FCC’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, which is based on the five pillars of agriculture and food, customers, community, employees and the environment.
About Drive Away Hunger: http://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/aboutus/Responsibility/driveawayhunger/index.asp