TORONTO, Jan. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - Food Banks Canada is pleased to announce that CitiFinancial has generously provided a corporate donation in the amount of $100,000. Since partnering together in 2010, CitiFinancial has made corporate donations totaling more than $335,000 as well as providing numerous employee volunteer hours and in-branch food drives in support of local food banks.
Usage of food banks in Canada remains near record levels despite the end of the recession. Every month over 840,000 Canadians – and close to 40% are children – depend on a food bank to meet life's basic necessities.
"CitiFinancial has again demonstrated its commitment to relieving hunger in Canada, with its generous donation to Food Banks Canada," said Katharine Schmidt, Food Banks Canada Executive Director. "Their support ensures we are able to raise awareness of hunger in Canada, through our programs such as Hunger Awareness Week and we are so grateful for their support."
CitiFinancial employees show their support of local food banks through two major annual events – Global Community Day in June and Customer Appreciation Days in November, with both events combining hundreds of volunteer hours with in-branch food drives.
"CitiFinancial is proud to continue its partnership with Food Banks Canada," said Scott Wood, President, CitiFinancial Canada, Inc. "Giving back to the communities where we live and work is a defining part of our organization and by setting a positive example, we hope to inspire others to work together and create change."
"Partnering with Food Banks Canada is a perfect fit for our branch network that's comprised of more than 200 branches located in every province and two territories across Canada," said Bradford Scott, Senior Vice President, Marketing, CitiFinancial Canada, Inc. "Our branch teams are pleased to contribute volunteer hours and food donations to the food banks in their communities."
Food Banks Canada works with corporations across all sectors to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow.
About Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory that assists close to 850,000 Canadians each month. Together the network shares over 200 million pounds of essential safe quality food annually, provides social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency, and advocates for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry. For more information, visit www.foodbankscanada.ca .
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Left: Bradford Scott – Senior Vice President, CitiFinancial Canada, Inc.
Centre: Katharine Schmidt – Executive Director, Food Banks Canada
Right: Scott Wood – President, CitiFinancial Canada, Inc.
SOURCE Food Banks Canada
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For further information: Marzena Gersho, Director Communications, Food Banks Canada, (905) 602-5234 ext. 228, [email protected]; Jennifer Bombardier, Citi Canada Public Affairs, (416) 947-5599, [email protected]