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FCC food drive collects 1.4M pounds


October 26, 2012
By Dave Harrison

Oct. 26, 2012, Guelph, Ont. — 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.

Oct. 26, 2012, Guelph, Ont. — 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.

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All 100 FCC offices across Canada collected food and cash donations throughout the duration of the campaign.

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.

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


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