Farm Credit Canada

Farm Credit Canada

September 13, 2011 19:55 ET

Farm Credit Canada Drives Away Hunger

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2011) - Today, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) launched its eighth annual Drive Away Hunger program to reduce hunger across Canada. Each year, FCC partners with customers, schools, businesses, community groups and rural residents nationwide to support Canadian food banks.

FCC Drive Away Hunger involves driving a tractor and trailer through communities to collect food and cash donations for food banks across the country. One hundred per cent of donations go to Canadian food banks, and anyone can visit to make a cash donation.

"Canadian farmers and agribusiness operators offer some of the world's safest and highest quality food, and they are coming together to share it with those who need it most," says Greg Stewart, FCC President and CEO. "Through Drive Away Hunger, we really have an opportunity to make a difference. The program allows FCC to support the communities where our customers and employees live and work."

This year, FCC Drive Away Hunger program tours will take place the week of October 10 in British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Regina (FCC Corporate Office location). FCC is also collecting food and cash donations in every field office across Canada from September 19 to October 14 to help reduce hunger nationwide.

"Having participated in Drive Away Hunger in various capacities over my years at FCC, I've had the chance to experience its impact on so many communities," said Stewart. "I see genuine enthusiasm building across Canada and I can't wait to get things started. Last year, we raised 1.7 million pounds of food, and we're looking to raise at least another one million this year. I'm looking forward to the challenge!" he said.

"Families in Canada and around the world rely on the abundant and healthy food that Canadian farmers produce," says Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "FCC found an original way to bring the agriculture community together to share this wealth with rural communities and join in the fight against hunger. I commend FCC for their work on this important initiative."

BDO, Parrish and Heimbecker Limited (New Life Mills) and Windset Farms™ are on board as national program partners. BDO and Parrish and Heimbecker Limited (New Life Mills) will also collect food and cash donations in support of the program.

At today's launch, FCC donated $25,000 to Food Banks Canada to support the National Food Sharing System. Food Banks Canada's National Food Sharing System acquires and shares industry food and consumer product donations among member food banks across the country.

In 2010, food bank use in small towns and rural areas increased by 13% from the year before. Rural food banks make up almost half of all food banks in Canada. "The FCC Drive Away Hunger program continues to inspire and engage Canada's rural communities to donate essential food and funds for food banks in small towns across the country," says Katharine Schmidt, executive director of Food Banks Canada. "Food Banks Canada, along with the food bank network, appreciates FCC's commitment and ongoing support to address the needs of individuals who turn to food banks for assistance."

FCC Drive Away Hunger began in 2004 when an employee in Ontario organized a local tractor tour. He collected food donations from his local community as a way to give back and help food banks serve people in need. Since then, FCC Drive Away Hunger has grown dramatically, with over 5.2 million pounds of food collected.

As Canada's leading agriculture lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $21 billion and 18 consecutive years of portfolio growth, FCC is strong and stable – committed to serving the industry through all cycles. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. FCC employees are passionate about agriculture and committed to the success of customers and the industry. For more information, visit

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