By Farm Credit Canada
By Farm Credit Canada
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is once again contributing $100,000 to school meal programs across Canada as part of the Crown corporation’s annual campaign to help alleviate hunger.
For the fourth consecutive year, FCC is supporting meal programs offered at 100 schools across Canada as part of FCC Drive Away Hunger. Recipient schools are selected based on need by FCC offices across Canada.
“School meal programs need our support now more than ever,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO. “The global pandemic has created additional hardships for families with children and new food packaging requirements mean increased costs for schools to provide safe and healthy meals. No child should ever have to try to learn on an empty stomach.”
Although the highly visible tractor food collection tours have been cancelled this year as a result of the pandemic, FCC continues to work with industry partners to collect food and cash donations for Canada’s food banks.
FCC offices across Canada are collecting cash donations until October 15. One hundred per cent of donations go to Canadian food banks, and anyone can visit fccdriveawayhunger.ca to make an online donation. A donation of $1 can provide three meals. One pound of food equals one meal.
FCC also provided $280,000 to national and provincial food bank associations this spring to help people struggling during the pandemic access nutritious food. FCC is a national sponsor for Food Banks Canada’s Hunger Action Month, which ran throughout September.
Since 2004, FCC Drive Away Hunger has collected more than 65 million meals and FCC’s enthusiastic corporate partners are a major reason for the program’s success year after year.
As major partners, BDO Canada LLP, The Meat Factory Limited, Courchesne Larose, Chenail Fruits & Legumes, Dedicated Harvesters, Canadawide, Bonduelle, Paysan and duBreton have committed to providing food and funds to feed the hungry through FCC Drive Away Hunger. Other partners include Parrish & Heimbecker Limited, Windset Farms, Co-op, Ray-Mont Logistics International, Nutrigroupe, Groupe Vegco Inc, and BASF Canada.