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FCC Drive Away Hunger collects over 1.4 million pounds of food and $760,000

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REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2012) - 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.

All 100 FCC offices across Canada collected food and cash donations throughout the duration of the campaign. As part of these efforts, tractor tours took place in Alberta, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and at FCC's corporate office in Regina.

"I'm very proud of the great success we've achieved this year, and I thank the many partners, FCC employees, customers, and the agriculture and agri-food community across Canada for their ongoing support for Drive Away Hunger," says FCC President and CEO Greg Stewart. "Through our shared commitment and dedication, we've come together to help fight hunger, which is a real and pressing need for almost a million Canadians not just today, but every day."

"I commend FCC for working with our farmers and the entire agriculture community to support such an important service to families across Canada," says Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "It's overwhelming to see so many members of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry come together to share their products with those who need it most in our communities."

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.

"On behalf of the entire BDO team, I am proud to announce our results from this year's FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign," says Keith Farlinger, CEO of BDO. "Our offices across the country enthusiastically proved their commitment to their local communities, hosting numerous events to raise money and food donations for hungry Canadians. Ultimately, we surpassed our 2012 goal and raised a total of $185,841 and 79,909 pounds of food over the last four weeks."

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

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, over 9.2 million pounds of food and $760,000 have been collected(i). "FCC Drive Away Hunger has grown dramatically since it first started and I'm really touched by the amount of support shown to the cause by communities across the country," says Stewart. "But our work doesn't end here. I encourage everyone involved to continue to support food banks all year long."



2012 FCC Drive Away Hunger final results
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Level FCC offices
Tours collection Total
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Food (lbs) Cash Food (lbs) Cash Food (lbs) Cash
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Canada n/a n/a n/a n/a 680 $95,765
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Alberta 15,302 $23,104 36,756 $53,921 52,058 $77,025
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Atlantic Canada 12,759 $7,739 35,701 $22,076 48,460 $29,814
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British Columbia n/a n/a 11,472 $61,239 11,472 $61,239
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Manitoba n/a n/a 98,443 $62,926 98,443 $62,926
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Ontario 41,993 $31,209 146,735 $150,724 188,728 $181,933
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Quebec 167,946 $10,431 713,639 $27,506 881,585 $37,937
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Regina 64,840 $111,790 n/a n/a n/a n/a
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Saskatchewan 41,374 $54,999 20,498 $48,521 126,712 $215,311
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Total: 1,408,139 $761,950
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Statistics about food banks in Canada
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# of people # of people # of people
visiting visiting visiting % of total
the food the food the food assisted
banks in banks in banks in who are
Location Association March 2009 March 2010 March 2011 children
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Canada Food Banks 794,738 867,948 851,014 37.9%
Canada
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Alberta Alberta Food 53,976 59,311 58,735 43.7%
Bank Network
Association
(AFBNA)
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British Food Banks 89,886 94,359 90,193 31.7%
Columbia Canada - BC
Branch
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Manitoba Manitoba 47,925 57,966 55,575 50.4%
Association
of Food Banks
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New Brunswick New Brunswick 17,889 18,517 18,539 34.4%
Association
of Food Banks
(NBAFB)
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Newfoundland Community Food 30,014 30,800 28,642 37.3%
and Labrador Sharing
Association
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Nova Scotia FEED Nova 20,344 22,573 22,505 31.5%
Scotia
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Ontario Ontario 374,230 402,056 395,106 37.5%
Association
of Food Banks
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Prince Edward PEI Food Banks 2,706 3,068 3,095 35.3%
Island Association
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Quebec Les banques 137,464 154,364 155,539 36.5%
alimentaires
du Quebec
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Saskatchewan Food Banks of 18,875 22,662 20,665 43.0%
Saskatchewan
Corporation
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As Canada's leading agriculture lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $24 billion and 19 consecutive years of portfolio growth, FCC is strong and stable - committed to serving the industry through all cycles. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. FCC employees are passionate about agriculture and committed to the success of customers and the industry. FCC is committed to operating in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. As one of Imagine Canada's Caring Companies, FCC gives one per cent of its profits to charities and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.fcc.ca.

(i): Total cash collected between 2004 and 2011 was reflected in pounds of food that could be purchased.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
National program
√Čva Larouche (bilingual)
Corporate Communication
Farm Credit Canada
1-888-780-6647
eva.larouche@fcc.ca


Food Banks Canada
Marzena Gersho (English)
Director, Communications and National Programs
1-877-535-0958 Ext. 228
marzena@foodbankscanada.ca

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