Every year for the past decade, Virden’s Farm Credit Canada has organized a food drive to supply Virden & Area Food Cupboard with groceries. On Friday, Oct. 18, four players from the Virden Oil Capitals loaded the 1,017 pounds of groceries that were collected through the efforts of two schools and staff at three financial institutions (BDO, FCC and MNP). For FCC, Pam Grieve points out “this is a whole community” campaign and the food cupboard serves Virden and area needs. Cash donations this year came to $1,135 in donations, which was turned into grocery store gift certificates from Valleyview Co-op for food bank users.
In the spring, FCC, nationally, gives each office $1,000. They, in turn, donate the money to a school for their breakfast program. “That’s how we kick-off the Drive Away Hunger campaign,” Grieve explains. “This year it went to Oak Lake Community School.”
According to Food Banks Canada, more than 4 million Canadians – both working and unemployed – live with food insecurity. And a third of them are under 18. Since its start, FCC Drive Away Hunger has collected more than 50 million meals directly benefiting food banks and school feeding programs in Canada.