CP's Holiday Train and Meal Exchange team up to spread awareness about helping the hungry this holiday season



    CALGARY, Nov. 21 /CNW/ - With Canadian Pacific's Holiday Train less than
two weeks away from hitting the rails as North America's largest rolling food
bank fundraiser, one organization is stepping up to help spread the word and
get young Canadians excited about supporting their neighbours and their
communities.
    Meal Exchange, a national student-founded, student-driven organization,
has given the Holiday Train top profile on their website www.mealexchange.com
and is spreading the word to its national network of more than 40 universities
and colleges.
    "After nine successful years of running the Holiday Train program,
nothing excites CP more than partnering with a dynamic organization like Meal
Exchange, now on board to collaborate with us in raising food, money and
awareness for the 700,000 Canadians who rely on food banks each month," said
Mark Seland, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Canadian
Pacific. "We expect to have a great youth presence at our events, supporting
this great cause and enjoying the musical talents of our Holiday Train
performers Wide Mouth Mason and Melanie Doane.
    "The Holiday Train is a great fit with Meal Exchange's mandate to provide
young Canadians meaningful opportunities to help reduce local hunger," said
Dave Kranenburg, Executive Director for Meal Exchange. " We are encouraging
our large contingent of student volunteers to attend the Holiday Train events
with donations in hand and, where possible, help their local food banks in the
planning for the Holiday Train's arrival."
    Since its launch in 1999, the Holiday Train program has raised over
$3 million CDN and close to 1.6 million pounds of food for North American food
banks. The 2007 Canadian Holiday Train leaves Montreal, PQ on December 1,
ending in Port Moody, BC on December 18 (complete schedule is available on
www.cpr.ca). All donations collected in each community remain in that
community for local distribution.

    Canadian Pacific

    Canadian Pacific, through the ingenuity of its employees located across
Canada and in the United States, remains committed to being the safest, and
most fluid railway in North America. Our people are the key to delivering
innovative transportation solutions to our customers and to ensuring the safe
operation of our trains through the more than 900 communities where we
operate. Our combined ingenuity makes Canadian Pacific a better place to work,
rail a better way to ship, and North America a better place to live. Come and
visit us at www.cpr.ca to see how we can put our ingenuity to work for you.
Canadian Pacific is proud to be the official rail freight services provider
for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

    About Meal Exchange:

    Meal Exchange is a national student-founded, student-driven, registered
charity that helps young Canadians realize their potential to improve the
future of their communities, by providing them with meaningful opportunities
to reduce local hunger today. Meal Exchange offers students in a national
network of 40 universities and colleges, three fun, simple and creative
programs including Trick or Eat(R), Skip-A-Meal(R) and Clear the Shelves!(R)
as well as supporting their own initiatives to address local hunger. Visit
www.mealexchange.com




For further information:

For further information: Canadian Pacific: Breanne Feigel, (403)
319-3932, (403) 589-6949, breanne_feigel@cpr.ca; Meal Exchange: Leisha
Zamecnik, (416) 657-4489 ext. 2, leisha.zamecnik@mealexchange.com


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