Gordon Norrie, President, Calgary Stampeders, Dennis Legault, Unit Manager, Purolator and Shawna Ogston from the Calgary Food Bank presenting the Purolator Tackle Hunger cheque for 68,132 pounds of food to the Calgary Food Bank.
Calgary, Aug. 17, 2015 – As part of the Purolator Tackle Hunger® (PTH) program, Purolator employees, Calgary Stampeders fans and local food bank volunteers teamed up in Calgary today to raise the equivalent of 68,132 pounds of food for the Calgary Food Bank.
“Thanks to the outstanding and inspiring support of Calgary Stampeders fans, this year’s Purolator Tackle Hunger Game Day Food Drive raised more than 65,000 pounds of food for the Calgary Food Bank,” said Patrick Nangle, President and CEO, Purolator. “The food and funds raised will go a long way in feeding those affected by hunger in Calgary and surrounding areas.”
Now in its 13th season, the PTH program raises awareness, food and funds for local food banks across Canada. At one game in every Canadian Football League (CFL) city, Purolator organizes a Game Day Food Drive and encourages fans to drop off non-perishable food items or a cash donation in support of food banks in their communities.
Last year, PTH raised the equivalent of 1.3 million pounds of food. This year, the program has set a goal to help raise more than 1.4 million pounds of food for Canadian food banks.
“The need for food and funds is even more important this year considering the economic downturn, subsequent layoffs and the continued rise in the cost of food. We have seen an increase in need for emergency food this year and this need will continue in the coming months,” said James McAra, President and CEO, Calgary Food Bank. “The Purolator Tackle Hunger program will ensure that the Calgary Food Bank can continue to support the needs of families and individuals in Calgary.”
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.
About the Calgary Food Bank
Established in 1982, the Calgary Food Bank is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to gathering and distributing quality emergency food to those in need. The Calgary Food Bank is neither a government nor a United Way agency. For more information, visit www.calgaryfoodbank.com.
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