FCC launches ninth annual Drive Away Hunger program

Alberta tour Collections will take place in nine communities during the week of Oct. 15

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Farm Credit Canada (FCC) launched its ninth annual Drive Away Hunger program, with a goal to collect one million pounds of food and $500,000 for food banks across the country.

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 donaations go to Canadian food banks, and anyone can visit www.fccdriveawayhunger.ca to make a cash donation.

The FCC Drive Away Hunger Alberta tour will take place during the week of Oct. 15 in Camrose, Lloydminster, Mannville, Morrin, Paradise Valley, Stettler, Vegreville and Vermilion. FCC is also collecting food and cash donations in every field office across Canada from Sept. 24 to Oct. 19.

FCC launched the program with a $50,000 donation 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.

“Hunger is a real and pressing issue facing nearly a million Canadians, and all of us involved in Drive Away Hunger are coming together to address this need and help feed less fortunate people,” said FCC president and CEO Greg Stewart in launching this year’s program.

Platinum partner, BDO has raised over 600,000 lbs of food since 2008,

Cargill Limited, Parrish and Heimbecker Limited (New Life Mills) and Windset Farms are also national partners and collecting donations.

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, more than 7.8 million pounds of food have been collected.

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