TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2016 – Purolator is pleased to announce that it has raised the equivalent of more than 1.65 million pounds of food, surpassing its 2015 total of 1.4 million, during the 14th season of its Purolator Tackle Hunger® program. The official announcement was made during the 104th Grey Cup championship game in Toronto.
“This was a tremendous year for our Purolator Tackle Hunger program,” said John Ferguson, President and CEO, Purolator. “Thanks to the amazing support of our employees, customers – including Kubota Canada and Post Foods Canada – and partners like the Canadian Football League and its fans, we helped put food on the table and make a difference in communities across Canada.”
“This year the Purolator Tackle Hunger program raised more than 1.65 million pounds of food, surpassing our 2015 donation total – an amazing accomplishment for Purolator, the CFL, our fans and especially for food banks across Canada,” said Jeffrey L. Orridge, CFL Commissioner. “The incredible level of support and engagement demonstrated this year from our teams, players and fans really shows what can happen when we all work together to help those in need within our communities.”
Every year during the first week of June, Purolator employees, customers and partners hold fundraising events across the country to raise food, cash donations and awareness for food banks in their communities as part of PTH Week. Also during PTH week, Canadians show their support on Facebook and Twitter. For every “Like/Share” on Purolator’s Facebook page or use of #TackleHunger on Twitter, Purolator donates one pound of food to local food banks across Canada.
As part of the annual PTH program, Purolator also hosts a series of Game Day Food Drives at nine CFL games and select professional soccer games across Canada. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or a cash donation to these games to help support their local food banks.
Another key element of the PTH program is the donation of delivery vehicles. This year, Purolator donated two refurbished delivery vehicles to food banks in Bathurst, N.B., and Regina, Sask.
All donations raised through the PTH program supported local food banks in the communities in which they were raised.
To learn more about the PTH program, watch the Purolator Tackle Hunger 2016 video.
About Purolator Tackle Hunger®
Hunger is an important issue that affects Canadians across the country. According to Food Bank Canada’s 2015 HungerCount report, more than 800,000 Canadians – more than one-third of them children – visit food banks every month. 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 nine million pounds of food to food banks across Canada.
For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Manager, Corporate Communications
905 712-1084 ext. 23851