Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is once again contributing $100,000 to school meal programs across Canada as part of the annual FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign to help alleviate hunger.

For a second year in a row, FCC is supporting meal programs offered at 100 schools across Canada. Recipient schools are selected based on need by FCC offices across Canada.

This year, the FCC office in Casselman gave $1,000 to École élémentaire catholique Saint-Isidore, to support its food program.

“No child should ever have to go to school on an empty stomach,” said FCC president and CEO Michael Hoffort, in announcing this year’s goal to collect the equivalent of five million meals for Canada’s food banks. “That’s why we are joining our industry partners and taking the fight against hunger to the schools, as well as collecting food and cash donations for Canada’s food banks.”

FCC Drive Away Hunger is a unique food drive that involves driving a tractor and trailer through communities to collect food and cash donations for food banks across the country. Since 2004, the program has provided more than 40 million meals.

To learn more about FCC Drive Away Hunger, visit www.fccdriveawayhunger.ca.

Photo caption: Jean Lamadeleine, principal at École élémentaire Saint-Isidore receiving a $1,000 FCC cheque for its food program from Sonia Laflèche and Erik Lanthier of Farm Credit Canada.

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