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Purolator donates truck to help Saint Vincent de Paul Food Bank and communities of North and South Glengarry

Promise delivered: Purolator delivered on its promise to donate a curbside truck to the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Alexandria, Ont. The donation was made between playoff games at the fifth annual PTH® Minor Football Night Food Drive.

Gary Martin (far right), Maxville resident and Purolator employee, was instrumental in the donation of a delivery truck, food and funds at the Maxville Fair. The event raised $16,000 in cash and close to 40,000 lbs. of food for a local food bank.

Maxville, Ont., July 8, 2015 – Purolator, Canada’s leading freight, parcel and logistics solution provider, donated a curbside delivery vehicle to the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Bank (located in Alexandria, Ont.) during the fifth annual Purolator Tackle Hunger® Minor Football Night Food Drive at the Maxville Fair.

The donated vehicle – to replace the food bank’s existing truck – was presented between playoff games featuring local minor football associations.

 “A volunteer from the food bank expressed interest in a donated Purolator truck after we delivered the proceeds from last year’s event,” said Gary Martin, a Maxville resident and Purolator employee. “I know how important Saint Vincent de Paul is to our community, so I looked into the process through our Purolator Tackle Hunger program in hopes that we could deliver more than just food this year.”

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Food Bank and thrift store was started more than 25 years ago by Alexandria residents Hilda and Claude Brunet, who saw the need in the community. The food bank currently services more than 250 families in the townships of North and South Glengarry.

“As the demand in our area increased, so did our need for a larger truck,” said Claude Brunet, President, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Food Bank. “We thank Purolator because this truck will allow us to transport more food and larger items, and we will better serve the increasing number of families who need help in our community.” 

As part of the PTH program, Purolator has donated 14 refurbished curbside delivery vehicles to local food banks and food organizations across Canada.

Admission to the fair was a non-perishable food item or a $2 donation. The 50/50 raffle raised $16,000 in cash and close to 4,000 pounds of food – about 1,000 pounds more than last year’s event – bringing the collective donation value at the fair to more than 13,000 pounds of food.

The food drive was part of the Purolator Tackle Hunger program, which involves Purolator employees, customers and partners, Canadians and food banks across the country collecting donations and helping raise awareness about the issue of hunger in Canada.

About hunger in Canada
Hunger is an important issue that affects Canadians across the country. According to Food Bank Canada’s 2014 HungerCount report, more than 840,000 Canadians – 36 per cent of them children – visit food banks every month.

About Purolator Tackle Hunger®
As part of its commitment to helping alleviate hunger in the communities where it operates, Purolator Inc. works closely with its employees, partners, agents, customers and food banks across Canada to collect donations and help raise awareness about the issue of hunger in Canada. Since its inception in 2003, the Purolator Tackle Hunger program has helped deliver the equivalent of more than eight million pounds of food to food banks across Canada. For more information, visit purolatortacklehunger.com.

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For further information, please contact:

Courtney Reistetter
Manager, Corporate Communications
Purolator
905 712-1084 ext. 23851
courtney.reistetter@purolator.com

Claude Brunet
President
Saint Vincent de Paul Food Bank
613 525-1897
claudelbrunet@sympatico.ca

Published: July 08, 2015
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