Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Drive Away Hunger program finished its final lap on Friday October 17, with 1,035,539 pounds of food for the hungry in Canada. The program doubled its national goal of 500,000 pounds.
“We’re amazed by the generosity of our partners and the overwhelming response from people across Canada who dropped off food with us,” says Greg Stewart, FCC’s president and CEO.
FCC presented the food and money raised to food banks involved across the country. “Food Banks Canada and its members are grateful that Farm Credit Canada has taken such an active role in helping us feed those most in need in Canada. We hope communities will continue to help thousands of less fortunate people during the upcoming holiday season,” says Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada.
FCC is also donating $25,000 to Food Banks Canada to support the National Food Sharing System. Canada’s food sharing system ensures equitable distribution of food among member food banks across the country.
Since 2004, FCC Drive Away Hunger tours have collected over two million pounds of food for food banks in Canada.
This year, for the first time, Drive Away Hunger went national. Four tours took place in Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Regina (where head office is located) from October 13 to 17. In addition, FCC collected food and cash donations in every field office across Canada from September 15 to October 17.