For the last two decades, Drive Away Hunger has brought the agriculture and food industries together to support food banks and food security programs.
As the program hits its 20th year, Farm Credit Canada, which is responsible for the program, announced that it will match up to $1 million in new donations to food security agencies in Canada.
“The results of Drive Away Hunger are incredible. Not only from the size of donations but also from the real difference it makes in the lives of Canadians,” said Justine Hendricks, FCC President and CEO. “Marking this milestone 20th year, we are confident the Canadian food system will come through with its trademark generosity and make the most of FCC’s match program.”
FCC’s match will also be shared by Food Banks Canada and Second Harvest Canada, who will direct the funding to underserved rural and remote areas needing support.
Donations can come as cash or food to participate in the Drive Away Hunger program.
“Good work has already been done, but there is so much more potential for donations; that is why we are putting the call out to the agriculture and food industry to use FCC’s match program as a way to make the most of their contributions to Drive Away Hunger with whatever means they have,” said Hendricks. “Whether it’s a cash donation online or perhaps a company that would like to redirect surplus product or seconds through Drive Away Hunger, you can ensure your donation benefits food insecure people in your community.”
Through the program, the industry’s donors can connect with charitable food security agencies in hopes of creating long-term, sustainable relationships.
Cash and food donations can be made online at driveawayhunger.ca.