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FCC launches 10th Drive Away Hunger program

May 7, 2013, Regina, SK - FCC and its partners throughout the country today launched their 10th annual Drive Away Hunger program.

To date, FCC has collected the equivalent of almost 10 million pounds of food through the program, says president and CEO Greg Stewart, who adds the goal is to collect another five million pounds of food during this year's campaign.

FCC's Drive Away Hunger program involves driving a tractor and trailer through various communities to collect food and cash donations for food banks across the country. One hundred percent of donations go to Canadian food banks.

To kick off this year's program, FCC donated $100,000 to Food Banks Canada - $50,000 will be used by Food Banks Canada to support all individuals and families who use food bank services, while the remainder will be equally split between Hunger Awareness Week and the Rural Support Program, which provides additional support and resources to food banks based in rural communities.

This year, FCC Drive Away Hunger program tours will take place the week of October 14 in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. FCC is also collecting food and cash donations in field offices across Canada from May 7 to October 18. Visit www.fccdriveawayhunger.ca to make a cash donation.

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, FCC Drive Away Hunger has grown dramatically, with 9.2 million pounds of food and $760,000 collected to date.