Vancouver, Oct. 3, 2015 – As part of the Purolator Tackle Hunger® (PTH) program, Purolator employees, BC Lions fans and local food bank volunteers teamed up in Vancouver today to raise the equivalent of 11,883 pounds of food for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and Surrey Food Bank.
“Thanks to the outstanding and inspiring support of BC Lions fans, this year’s Purolator Tackle Hunger Game Day Food Drive raised more than 11,883 pounds of food for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and Surrey 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 Vancouver 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.
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 Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB)
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. The GVFB provides assistance to over 26,500 people weekly through 14 food locations and close to 100 and community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver. The GVFB is committed to its vision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all and through community collaboration, is pro-actively working to help end hunger.
About the Surrey Food Bank
The Surrey Food Bank (SFB) is a non-profit organization with a vision of growing our community beyond hunger. Since 1983, SFB has been assisting low income families and individuals by primarily providing bi-weekly food hampers to supplement a client’s food needs. SFB helps feed 14,000 people per month in the communities of Surrey and North Delta with over 200 babies visiting each week. All funding comes directly from the community as SFB does not receive any core government funding. For more information, visit surreyfoodbank.org.
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