Canadian Association of Food Banks

Canadian Association of Food Banks

December 19, 2007 10:00 ET

Canadian Association of Food Banks: No Space for Hunger Holiday Gift

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2007) - The Canadian Association of Food Banks (CAFB) is thrilled to accept a very generous holiday gift from ING Real Estate. Throughout December ING Real Estate employees from across Canada volunteered their time at local food banks and held competitive food drives. Today in Halifax, ING made a $100,000 donation to the CAFB and member food banks as part of their commitment to No Space for Hunger on behalf of their tenants and employees.

"This is a wonderful gift that will make a significant difference to struggling families and individuals right across Canada", said Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director of the CAFB. "More than 720,000 Canadians rely on food banks each month." Food banks assist Canadians in every province and territory including growing cities, small towns, and rural and northern communities. 51% of households receiving food assistance are families with at least one child. Between 1997 and 2007, the number of people using food banks increased by 8.4%.

The No Space for Hunger campaign involves a unique approach to giving to the food bank community. In addition to ING Real Estates employee food drives, volunteering, and donation of funds, the company has also offered warehouse space for food bank use, all creating an opportunity for increased awareness of the CAFB, its member food banks, and the importance of giving back to the communities in which we live. Food banks in Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, London, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax were very appreciative of the assistance during their busiest time of the year.

"We are very delighted with this partnership which started here in Halifax with FEED NOVA SCOTIA", said Dianne Swinemar, Executive Director of FEED NOVA SCOTIA as well as Board Member of CAFB. "Their support has grown significantly and will now benefit the wider food bank community. CAFB welcomes ING Real Estate as a corporate supporter to the cause of alleviating hunger in Canada."

About CAFB

Founded in 1985, the Canadian Association of Food Banks (CAFB) is an umbrella organization representing a national network of regional and community food banks, including provincial associations and food distribution centres. CAFB is the voice of food banks in Canada, with members and their respective agencies serving approximately 90 % of people accessing emergency food programs nation-wide. In the month of March 2007, over 720,000 different people accessed food banks, 39 % are children. In 2006, the CAFB moved over 8.5 million pounds of food industry donations to its members through the National Food Sharing System, with a dollar value equivalent of $17 million. CAFB conducts research, engages in public education and advocates for public policy change to eliminate the causes of hunger and food insecurity in Canada.

Contact Information

    Bruce Allen
    Communications Manager
    (902) 457-1900
    Canadian Association of Food Banks
    Micky Fraterman
    Communications Manager
    (416) 924-1424