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Minister Ritz Congratulates Farm Credit Canada on the Drive Away Hunger Campaign

"As Agriculture Minister, I have always put farmers first in every agriculture decision and we couldn't be doing it without organizations like Farm Credit Canada (FCC). The FCC not only helps us deliver services and support to farmers, but also does exceptional work for our entire industry and Canadians.

"This October, the FCC led their annual food drive, called Drive Away Hunger, right across Canada, which resulted in the collection of 1,627,617 pounds of food for local food banks. On top of that, they also donated $25,000 to Food Banks Canada to support their National Food Sharing System.

"It started five years ago when an FCC employee in an Ontario office organized a tractor tour to raise awareness and collect donations for his local food bank. Every year this effort increased, and now, employees in every FCC office across Canada partner with local community groups, schools, food banks, and citizens to raise funds, food, and awareness of the issue of hunger.

"The annual Drive Away Hunger campaign has brought in more than 3.5 million pounds worth of food donations since it began in 2004.

"It says a great deal about an organization when employees take the initiative themselves to go beyond expectations to meet the needs of their communities, first hand. On behalf of the Government of Canada, and of all who will benefit from their efforts this year, thank you to all FCC employees, their partners and supporters for this truly commendable effort."

Datum: 09 November 2009
Bron: Press releases Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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