“Each month, more than 3,200 people use P.E.I. food banks and over 1,170 of them are children.
This year’s Drive Away Hunger tour was held October 16 and 17 across P.E.I.
Kicking off on World Food Day, October 16, the tour involved employees from Farm Credit Canada, the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry, community members, businesses and children.
They banded together to support two tractor-trailer tours that departed from O’Leary and Souris and joined together in Charlottetown on October 17.
Farm Credit Canada’s employees are serious about fighting hunger in Canada.
The first Drive Away Hunger tour took place in September 2004 when an FCC employee in Ontario drove an open-cab tractor and trailer through the Listowel area for eight days. Camping along the way, he collected almost 60,000 pounds (27,000 kilograms) of food for local food banks. His goal was 30,000 pounds (13,500 kilograms).
Since then, including this year’s tours, FCC employees have raised more than 726,000 pounds (330,000 kilograms) of food for food banks in Canada. Drive Away Hunger tours have been held in Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, again in Ontario and this year in P.E.I. and Quebec.
Last year’s Ontario drive raised an astonishing 350,000 pounds (159,000 kilograms) of food.
Support for Drive Away Hunger continues to grow. This year, two Drive Away Hunger tours were held, one in Prince Edward Island and one in Quebec. This year’s goal was to raise 105,000 pounds (47,727 kilograms) of food.”