Purolator tackles hunger across Canada…one community at a time

Purolator kicks off its 11th season of Purolator Tackle Hunger June 3 - 7

TORONTO, May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Entering its 11th season, the Purolator Tackle Hunger (PTH) program is set to launch June 3 - 7 with PTH Week. During PTH Week, more than 12,000 Purolator employees - as well as Purolator partners, agents and customers - across Canada team up to raise food and funds for local food banks.

"With close to 900,000 Canadians relying on food banks every month, we were proud to achieve our goal of raising 1 million pounds last year," said Ramsey Mansour, Purolator's Vice President of Marketing. "This year, our target is 1.1 million pounds - and the Purolator team is working hard to help 'tackle hunger' in communities across Canada."

Purolator's goal for this year's PTH season is to raise 400,000 pounds of food during PTH Week and 1.1 million pounds overall. The company is encouraging all of its customers to donate during PTH Week. Customers who visit any of the 130 Purolator shipping centres and drop off a minimum of three non-perishable food items during PTH Week (June 3 - 7), will receive a 25 per cent discount coupon for a future shipment.

"As we head into the summer months, it's a time to relax and enjoy the warm weather, but hundreds of thousands of Canadians will struggle to get enough food for themselves and their families," said Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada. "Food banks see their inventory levels fall significantly over this period, and programs like Purolator Tackle Hunger help to drive awareness and much-needed support for food banks."

All donations raised during PTH Week stay in the community where it is collected, supporting more than 165 local food banks across Canada. People who want to show their community support can contribute by making a donation at any Purolator shipping centre, Warehouse One or PostNet location across Canada.

To learn more about the program and get the latest updates visit us at:
Website: www.purolatortacklehunger.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/purolatortacklehunger
Twitter: @purolatorth

To find your nearest Purolator location click here, enter your postal code and select the Shipping Centres tab in the pop-up window.

To find your nearest PostNet location click here and enter your city or postal code.

To find your nearest Warehouse One retail store click here and search by province, city or postal code.

About hunger in Canada
Hunger is an important issue that affects Canadians across the country. According to Food Bank Canada's most recent HungerCount report, almost 900,000 Canadians visit food banks every month, 38 per cent of whom are children. 

About Purolator's commitment to hunger
As Canada's leading integrated freight and parcel solutions provider with national resources of more than 12,000 teammates, more than 3,000 courier vehicles and the ability to reach almost every destination point in Canada, Purolator is committed to helping alleviate hunger in the communities where it operates. As part of this commitment, Purolator works closely with its teammates, customers and food banks across Canada to collect donations and help raise awareness about the issue of hunger. Since its inception in 2003, Purolator Tackle Hunger has helped deliver the equivalent of more than 5.5 million pounds of food to food banks across Canada.


Image with caption: "In 2012, Purolator Tackle Hunger raised 1 million pounds of food for local food banks. This year, the goal is to raise 1.1 million pounds. (CNW Group/Purolator Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130531_C3846_PHOTO_EN_27321.jpg

SOURCE: Purolator Inc.

For further information:

Courtney Reistetter
Manager, Corporate Communications
Purolator Inc.
Tel: 905 712-1084 ext. 23851
Email: courtney.reistetter@purolator.com


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