Farm Credit Canada Sets Ambitious Goal to Drive Away Hunger

fcc_driveawayhungerAims to Collect Five Million Pounds of Food for Canadian Food Banks Collecting a record five million pounds of food for Canada’s food banks to mark the 10th anniversary of the FCC Drive Away Hunger program—that’s the BHAG, or Big Hairy Audacious Goal that Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and its partners have set for themselves this year. When it comes to cause-company fit, a nation-wide food drive is a natural extension for FCC. As Canada’s largest lender to the agriculture sector, it is the job of this national Crown corporation to support and advance the industry, and the producers and agri-business owners who grow and process our food. fcctractor1FCC’s Drive Away Hunger campaign started 10 years ago when an FCC employee drove a farm tractor and trailer through communities in rural Ontario, collecting food. The tradition continues 10 years later, with tours happening in communities across the country to collect food and cash donations that will go directly to food banks. “Five million pounds is a lot of food, but the problem of hunger weighs heavily on everyone and we are proud to do our part to help feed those less fortunate,” said FCC President and CEO Greg Stewart, noting that hunger touches nearly a million Canadians each month, many of whom are children. Drive Away Hunger is one of Food Bank Canada’s top 10 food drives, donating 10 million pounds of food since 2003. FCC’s Drive Away Hunger campaign is particularly focused on rural hunger. There was a 30% increase in food bank use nationally between 2008 and 2012, with hunger affecting many in rural Canada.1 Rural food banks can also face challenges such as extra transportation costs in getting food to their locations.2 Supporting food banks is a positive way to strengthen and support rural communities. This is a task close to the hearts of FCC employees who also live and work in the same areas where agriculture is centered. Farm Credit Canada and its program will be collecting food and cash donations in its field offices across Canada from May 7 to October 18. And there will be food collection tours taking place the week of October 14 in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan. The major program partners supporting the Drive are BDO, a national accounting and financial advisory firm, the agri-business Parrish and Heimbecker Limited (New Life Mills) and Windset Farms. Individuals can get involved by dropping off a donation of food or cash to any FCC office or tour partner between May 7 to October 18, or by coming out and donating directly to a tour in your area. For more information or to donate online, visit www.fccdriveawayhunger.ca or call 1-855-427-6207. 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. Among many activities, check out their Energy Loan to help farmers switch to renewable energy. Learn more about CSR at FCC. 1 Food Banks Canada (2012). Hunger Count 2012. Retrieved from http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/getmedia/3b946e67-fbe2-490e-90dc-4a313dfb97e5/HungerCount2012.pdf.aspx?ext=.pdf

2 Food Banks Canada (2013). Rural Support Program. Retrieved from http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/About-Us/Programs/Rural-Support-Program.aspx

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