Innovation, dedication and passion drive support for food banking
TORONTO, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Food Banks Canada announced the recipients
of its first annual Corporate Partnership awards to acknowledge the
outstanding efforts of its corporate partners to reduce hunger in
Canada. These awards recognize the commitment and creativity with which
the business community supports Food Banks Canada and the food banking
The Corporate Partnership awards recognize donors in four categories:
Judges' Award of Distinction, Innovation Award, Donor of the Year and
the Award of Excellence.
"We are honoured to be able to publicly recognize the unique and
longstanding efforts of these exceptional corporations. These companies
demonstrate their commitment in assisting Canadians in need every day,"
says Robin Garrett, Chair of the Board, Food Banks Canada. "The
investment that the business community makes to Food Banks Canada is
immeasurable and our work would not be possible without the efforts of
all our partners."
This year's award recipients:
The Innovation Award acknowledges a Corporate Partner of Food Banks Canada that has made a
unique contribution in addressing the issue of hunger and to food
banking in Canada. The award was presented to Campbell Company of
Canada for the launch of Nourish - an innovative new soup conceived and developed by Campbell's
employees. Nourish is a complete meal in a can that is easy to prepare - and makes it an
ideal food for food banks to share.
The Judges Award of Distinction awarded at the discretion of the awards committee, recognizes a
Corporate Partner in 2011 who has made a distinct and unique
contribution to Food Banks Canada's membership. It was presented to
Loblaw Company of Canada for their Extra Helping national food drive. The twice annual Extra Helping food drive has
raised over $3.6 million and 3.3 million pounds of food since its
inception in 2009. In addition, Loblaw has donated over$875,000 to
Food Banks Canada's National Food Sharing System.
The Donor of the Year recognizes a Corporate Partner that has made a significant commitment
through their diverse support to the food banking network in 2011. It
has been awarded to Kraft Canada in recognition of its wide range of
investment including a significant philanthropic donation, community
giving campaigns, over 3 million pounds of food donated and
gifts-in-kind and volunteer service.
The Award of Excellence is presented to a Corporate Partner that has demonstrated a positive
impact on the issue of hunger or food banking in Canada. This award
was presented to Investors Group whose support since 2003 has enabled
Food Banks Canada to actively engage and educate the public about
hunger in Canada. In addition, the organization made a significant
investment in the development of Food Banks Canada new brand identity
Congratulations are extended to all the recipients of the 2011 Corporate
Partnership Awards and to all the donors who help to reduce hunger
through fundraising, food donations and bringing much needed attention
to the hunger issue.
The awards were presented at Food Banks Canada's annual Celebrating our Partners breakfast. To view the partner videos visit www.facebook.com/foodbankscanada.
About Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing
the food bank community across Canada. Our Members, Affiliate Member
food banks, and their respective agencies serve approximately 85% of
people accessing emergency food programs nationwide. Our mission is to
meet the short-term need for food and find long-term solutions to
reduce hunger. Please visit www.foodbankscanada.ca for more information.
Image with caption: "Campbell Canada receiving their Innovation Award (CNW Group/Food Banks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120201_C8636_PHOTO_EN_9523.jpg
Image with caption: "Investors Group receiving their Award of Excellence (CNW Group/Food Banks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120201_C8636_PHOTO_EN_9526.jpg
Image with caption: "Loblaw Companies Limited receiving their Judges' Award of Distinction (CNW Group/Food Banks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120201_C8636_PHOTO_EN_9524.jpg
Image with caption: "Kraft Canada receiving their Donor of the Year Award. (CNW Group/Food Banks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120201_C8636_PHOTO_EN_9525.jpg
SOURCE Food Banks Canada
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