TORONTO, Dec. 7, 2015 /CNW/ - Purolator has raised the equivalent of 1.4 million pounds of food, reaching its 2015 goal, during the 13th season of its Purolator Tackle Hunger® program. The announcement was made during the 103rd Grey Cup championship game in Winnipeg.
"We had a truly incredible year with our Purolator Tackle Hunger program. It was exciting to see how our employees, customers and partners – including the Canadian Football League (CFL) and its fans – came together to raise more than 1.4 million pounds of food for Canadians," said Patrick Nangle, Purolator's President and CEO. "Thank you to everyone who donated their time, food and cash to help us deliver on our promise to food banks across Canada."
Every year during the first week of June, Purolator employees, customers and partners hold fundraising events across the country to raise food and cash donations 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 food banks across Canada.
Another key element of the program is the donation of delivery vehicle. This year, Purolator donated four refurbished delivery vehicles to food banks in Grand Falls, N.B., Long Island, N.Y., and Alexandria, Ont.
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.
"Raising more than 1.4 million pounds of food during its 13th season is exciting news for Purolator, the CFL, our fans and food banks across Canada," said CFL Commissioner Jeffrey L. Orridge. "Once again, the record-breaking results of this year's Purolator Tackle Hunger program are a testament to our teams', players' and fans' passion for working together to give back to their communities."
Canadians also made online donations to local food banks across Canada at purolatortacklehunger.com.
All donations raised through the PTH program supported local food banks in the communities in which they were raised.
About hunger in Canada
Hunger is an important issue that affects Canadians across the country. According to Food Bank Canada's 2015 HungerCount report, more than 850,000 Canadians – more than one-third of them children – visit food banks every month.
About Purolator Tackle Hunger®
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 9 million pounds of food to food banks across Canada. For more information, visit purolatortacklehunger.com.
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