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Farm Credit Canada

October 26, 2012 13:30 ET

FCC Drive Away Hunger collects over 1.4 million pounds of food and $760,000

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2012) - Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has concluded its most successful Drive Away Hunger program to date, with more than 1.4 million pounds of food and $760,000 raised for food banks nationwide. The support of a record number of partners (393), schools (307), as well as hundreds of volunteers and thousands of generous Canadians were critical to the program's success.

All 100 FCC offices across Canada collected food and cash donations throughout the duration of the campaign. As part of these efforts, tractor tours took place in Alberta, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and at FCC's corporate office in Regina.

"I'm very proud of the great success we've achieved this year, and I thank the many partners, FCC employees, customers, and the agriculture and agri-food community across Canada for their ongoing support for Drive Away Hunger," says FCC President and CEO Greg Stewart. "Through our shared commitment and dedication, we've come together to help fight hunger, which is a real and pressing need for almost a million Canadians not just today, but every day."

"I commend FCC for working with our farmers and the entire agriculture community to support such an important service to families across Canada," says Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "It's overwhelming to see so many members of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry come together to share their products with those who need it most in our communities."

In conjunction with Drive Away Hunger, FCC donated $50,000 to Food Banks Canada. Half of this amount will be dedicated to the Rural Support Program, which provides additional support and resources to food banks based in rural communities. The remaining $25,000 will be used by Food Banks Canada to support individuals and families who use food bank services.

"It is quite impressive what a national lending organization like FCC can do when they join together as a team," says Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director of Food Banks Canada. "The FCC Drive Away Hunger program not only provides support at the national, provincial and local level, but it also enables communities to come together. We are proud to partner with FCC through the Drive Away Hunger campaign."

As a Platinum partner, BDO, a national accounting and financial advisory firm, has once again collected food for the Drive Away Hunger program. BDO has raised 651,804 pounds of food and $185,841 since 2008.

"On behalf of the entire BDO team, I am proud to announce our results from this year's FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign," says Keith Farlinger, CEO of BDO. "Our offices across the country enthusiastically proved their commitment to their local communities, hosting numerous events to raise money and food donations for hungry Canadians. Ultimately, we surpassed our 2012 goal and raised a total of $185,841 and 79,909 pounds of food over the last four weeks."

Cargill Limited, Parrish and Heimbecker Limited (New Life Mills) and Windset Farms™ were also on board as National partners, playing an important role across Canada in collecting donations and helping FCC achieve its goal.

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, over 9.2 million pounds of food and $760,000 have been collected*. "FCC Drive Away Hunger has grown dramatically since it first started and I'm really touched by the amount of support shown to the cause by communities across the country," says Stewart. "But our work doesn't end here. I encourage everyone involved to continue to support food banks all year long."

2012 FCC Drive Away Hunger final results
Level Tours FCC offices collection Total
Food (lbs ) Cash Food (lbs ) Cash Food (lbs ) Cash
Canada n/a n/a n/a n/a 680 $95,765
Alberta 15,302 $23,104 36,756 $53,921 52,058 $77,025
Atlantic Canada 12,759 $7,739 35,701 $22,076 48,460 $29,814
British Columbia n/a n/a 11,472 $61,239 11,472 $61,239
Manitoba n/a n/a 98,443 $62,926 98,443 $62,926
Ontario 41,993 $31,209 146,735 $150,724 188,728 $181,933
Quebec 167,946 $10,431 713,639 $27,506 881,585 $37,937
Regina 64,840 $111,790 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Saskatchewan 41,374 $54,999 20,498 $48,521 126,712 $215,311
Total: 1,408,139 $761,950
Statistics about food banks in Canada
Location Association # of people visiting the food banks in March 2009 # of people visiting the food banks in March 2010 # of people visiting the food banks in March 2011 % of total assisted who are children
Canada Food Banks Canada 794,738 867,948 851,014 37.9 %
Alberta Alberta Food Bank Network Association (AFBNA) 53,976 59,311 58,735 43.7 %
British Columbia Food Banks Canada - BC Branch 89,886 94,359 90,193 31.7 %
Manitoba Manitoba Association of Food Banks 47,925 57,966 55,575 50.4 %
New Brunswick New Brunswick Association of Food Banks (NBAFB) 17,889 18,517 18,539 34.4 %
Newfoundland and Labrador Community Food Sharing Association 30,014 30,800 28,642 37.3 %
Nova Scotia FEED Nova Scotia 20,344 22,573 22,505 31.5 %
Ontario Ontario Association of Food Banks 374,230 402,056 395,106 37.5 %
Prince Edward Island PEI Food Banks Association 2,706 3,068 3,095 35.3 %
Quebec Les banques alimentaires du Québec 137,464 154,364 155,539 36.5 %
Saskatchewan Food Banks of Saskatchewan Corporation 18,875 22,662 20,665 43.0 %

As Canada's leading agriculture lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $24 billion and 19 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. FCC is committed to operating in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. As one of Imagine Canada's Caring Companies, FCC gives one per cent of its profits to charities and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.fcc.ca.

*: Total cash collected between 2004 and 2011 was reflected in pounds of food that could be purchased.

Contact Information

  • National program
    √Čva Larouche (bilingual)
    Corporate Communication
    Farm Credit Canada
    1-888-780-6647
    eva.larouche@fcc.ca

    Food Banks Canada
    Marzena Gersho (English)
    Director, Communications and National Programs
    1-877-535-0958 Ext. 228
    marzena@foodbankscanada.ca