FCC Drive Away Hunger launch supports school meal programs

  From the September 10, 2018 issue of Agri-News
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 Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is once again contributing $100,000 to school meal programs across Canada as part of the crown corporation’s annual campaign to help alleviate hunger.

For a second year in a row, FCC is supporting meal programs offered at 100 schools across Canada. Recipient schools are selected based on need by FCC offices across Canada.

“No child should ever have to go to school on an empty stomach,” said FCC president and CEO Michael Hoffort, in announcing this year’s goal to collect the equivalent of five million meals for Canada’s food banks. “That’s why we are joining our industry partners and taking the fight against hunger to the schools, as well as collecting food and cash donations for Canada’s food banks.”

One of the more visible activities of FCC Drive Away Hunger involves driving a tractor and trailer through communities to collect food and cash donations for food banks across the country.

To mark the 15th anniversary of FCC Drive Away Hunger, tractor tours are scheduled to take place in the 15 days leading up to October 18. Beginning on October 4, FCC Drive Away Hunger tractor tours will take place in British Columbia (Abbotsford), Alberta (Lloydminster, Lethbridge), Saskatchewan (Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton, Moose Jaw, Humboldt), Manitoba (Brandon, Steinbach), Ontario (Kingston, Woodstock, Thornton, Kanata, Walkerton, Simcoe), Quebec (Joliette), New Brunswick (Moncton, Woodstock), Nova Scotia (Kentville) and Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown) to collect food and donations from individuals and organizations, including industry partners and schools.

FCC offices are also now collecting food and cash donations until October 18. One hundred per cent of donations go to Canadian food banks, and anyone can visit fccdriveawayhunger.ca to make a monetary donation.

“Canadian farmers and food processors produce world-class products, but unfortunately many low-income Canadians are not able to afford Canada’s high-quality, nutritious food,” Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay said. “That’s why I’m proud of the work being done by FCC and industry partners on the 15th annual FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign to help those in need by collecting generous donations to our food banks across the country.”

Trevor Sutter
Corporate Communication, Farm Credit Canada

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This information published to the web on September 6, 2018.