Driving away hunger

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October 18, 2016 8:23 AM

LOAD 'EM UP Farm Credit Canada employee Danny Schneider and senior district director Adam French load up food collected from the Drive Away Hunger campaign, which was delivered shortly after to the Salvation Army Food Bank on Oct. 12.

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is wrapping up another successful Drive Away Hunger food drive campaign.
The drive, which is now in conjunction with the Lloydminster District Co-op, is an annual initiative that started in 2004 and brings in food for local banks across the country.
“Here in Lloydminster we’ve partnered with the Lloydminster Co-op for the last four years and really want to thank the Co-op for being a sponsor locally, but also nationally, so special thanks to the Co-op members that have helped us raise food here in Lloydminster,” said Adam French, senior district director of FCC.
French added that such drives are really important because it gives the FCC an opportunity to partner with local communities, give back to those communities, and also to help some of those 850,000 Canadians that rely on food banks every month.
This year in the Border City alone Drive Away Hunger, which is still ongoing across the country, brought in $3,000 worth of food for the Salvation Army Food Bank.
Even though the drive is a national event, all the food raised within communities stays local, going to food banks in the area in which the items are collected.
“There’s lots of people who rely on food banks and that’s why it’s very important that we get out and raise awareness and contribute to helping stock the shelves of the food bank,” French said.
The Co-op is a natural fit for the FCC to partner with in such a campaign, said French, because both groups are present in many of the same communities and both share similar values.
He also wants people to know they can still contribute to Drive Away Hunger by visiting fccdriveawayhunger.ca, or just by supporting the local food bank in general.
Drive Away Hunger started more than a decade ago when an individual in Ontario hooked up a trailer to his tractor one day and took it upon himself to cruise the rural roads collecting food.
Since then it has expanded to be one of the biggest national employee driven food drives across the country, said French.

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