Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is celebrating another year of its popular 2011 Drive Away Hunger campaign. The campaign, which began in Regina, Sask. this week, runs until Oct. 14.
Throughout the food drive, which is now in its eighth year, FCC employees and community partners across the country collect food and cash donations at FCC offices and during tractor-trailer tours for local food banks. National partners for this year’s drive are BDO, Parrish and Heimbecker Ltd. (New Life Mills) and Windset Farmers.
During the launch of the event FCC donated $25,000 to Food Banks Canada to support the National Food Sharing System. Since 2004 the FCC food drive has gathered more than 5.2 million pounds of food for Food Banks Canada.
“Canadian farmers and agribusiness operators offer some of the world’s safest and highest-quality food, and they are coming together to share it with those who need it most,” says Greg Stewart, FCC president and CEO. “Through Drive Away Hunger we really have an opportunity to make a difference. The program allows FCC to support the communities where our customers and employees live and work.”
Pictured above: Celebrating the launch of FCC’s annual food drive were this year (left to right) Corinna Mitchell-Beaudin, FCC vice-president, Prairie Operations; Greg Stewart, FCC president and CEO; Jim Snyder, national director, Agricultural Practice Development, BDO (national partner); and Rémi Lemoine, FCC executive vice-president and COO.