Farm Credit Canada

Farm Credit Canada

May 07, 2013 10:00 ET

FCC launches 10th Drive Away Hunger Program

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - May 7, 2013) - FCC and its partners throughout the country will strive to collect a record five million pounds of food for Canada's food banks this year to mark the 10th anniversary of the FCC Drive Away Hunger program.

"To date, we've collected the equivalent of almost 10 million pounds of food through Drive Away Hunger," said FCC President and CEO Greg Stewart. "To mark this anniversary, we want to surpass this mark by collecting another five million pounds of food."

"That's 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 Stewart, noting that hunger touches nearly a million Canadians each month, many of whom are children."

FCC's Drive Away Hunger program involves driving a tractor and trailer through various 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.

At today's launch, FCC donated $100,000 to Food Banks Canada. Half of this amount will be used by Food Banks Canada to support all individuals and families who use food bank services, while the remainder will be equally split between Hunger Awareness Week and the Rural Support Program, which provides additional support and resources to food banks based in rural communities.

This year, FCC Drive Away Hunger program tours will take place the week of October 14 in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan, including the FCC corporate office in Regina. FCC is also collecting food and cash donations in field offices across Canada from May 7 to October 18.

"This initiative is an excellent example of the generosity and sense of community found throughout Canadian farm families," said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "I'm happy to see FCC and the agriculture community continue to demonstrate leadership through the Drive Away Hunger program."

FCC's enthusiastic partners are also a major reason for Drive Away Hunger's success year after year.

As a Platinum partner, BDO, national accounting and financial advisory firm, has once again committed to collecting food for the Drive Away Hunger program. BDO has raised more than 651,000 pounds of food and $185,000 since 2008.

"On behalf of BDO, I am thrilled to announce our continued support of the FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign," said Keith Farlinger, Chief Executive Officer, BDO. "This will be our sixth year of participation, joining forces from coast to coast to collect food and monetary donations. We are proud to partner with FCC once again to assist Canadians in need across the country."

Parrish and Heimbecker Limited (New Life Mills) and Windset Farms(TM) are also 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, FCC Drive Away Hunger has grown dramatically, with 9.2 million pounds of food and $760,000 collected to date.

"As one of Food Banks Canada's Top 10 Food Drives, FCC's Drive Away Hunger campaign is making an impact in rural communities across the country," said Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada. "The passion and drive of their employees is inspiring and is a testament to the commitment they have to their communities. We are thrilled to partner with FCC in 2013 and wish them a successful and food-filled 10th anniversary."

FCC is socially and environmentally responsible. Corporate social responsibility activities are focused in five areas: agriculture and food, customers, community, employees and the environment. Drive Away Hunger is one way FCC fosters strong and vibrant communities where its customers and employees live and work.

As Canada's leading agriculture lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $25 billion and 20 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 Follow FCC on Twitter @FCCagriculture.

Contact Information

  • Farm Credit Canada
    Eva Larouche (bilingual)
    Media Relations

    Food Banks Canada
    Marzena Gersho
    Director, Communications and National Programs
    416-203-9241 Ext. 228 or Mobile: 647-242-5919