CALGARY, May 4, 2020 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) is donating $1 million to four North American charities working on the front lines to help people impacted by COVID-19. In Canada, CP will donate C$350,000 to The Frontline Fund and C$250,000 to Food Banks Canada. In the U.S., CP will donate US$250,000 to Feeding America and up to US$150,000 in matching funds to the American Red Cross.
"Our CP family is honored to help frontline workers and volunteers as they courageously work day and night to keep up with unprecedented need," said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Executive Officer. "By providing food to North Americans who are in need and critical supplies and support to frontline service providers, these charities are making a difference. We hope our donations will assist these organizations in reaching those who are most vulnerable and keeping more people safe. Our thoughts, prayers and sincere gratitude are with each and every person who is out there working in the service of others."
CP has been inspired by support shown to its own frontline workers as they continue to perform critical work across North America throughout the crisis. The company is committed to doing its part to help people struggling with the economic impacts of COVID-19 in the more than 1,100 communities it serves and beyond.
"The way communities in North America and around the world have come together is remarkable," Creel said. "Through our community investment program CP Has Heart, we remain committed to giving back to communities across our network and are incredibly proud to be supporting the extraordinary response to COVID-19."
This announcement comes the day before Giving Tuesday's special #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity on May 5 in support of the many charities participating in the emergency response across North America and around the world.
About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP provides North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.
About CP Has Heart
At CP, we know that a railroad may serve as the arteries of a nation, but at its heart is community. That's why through CP Has Heart, we have already helped raise more than $20.5 million to help improve the heart health of men, women and children across North America. Along the way, we're showing heart wherever we can. For more information, please visit www.cpr.ca or @CPhasHeart.
About The Frontline Fund
The Frontline Fund is a national coalition created by leaders in the healthcare fundraising sector to help leading Canadian hospitals and foundations raise urgently needed funds to support the highest priority needs of participating hospital foundations, including to support COVID-19 and support for the Northern Territories and Indigenous health. The hope of this national collaborative effort is to raise awareness for this urgent need and to provide an easy, one-stop solution for Canadian individuals and businesses who want to help. Visit FrontlineFund.ca to learn more.
About Food Banks Canada
Both before and after the pandemic, Food Banks Canada has provided national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network from coast-to-coast-to-coast. For 40 years, food banks have been dedicated to helping Canadians living with food insecurity and we continue the same mission during the current crisis. Over 3,000 food banks and community agencies come together to serve our most vulnerable neighbours who – last year – made 1.1 million visits to these organizations in one month alone, according to our HungerCount report, and we anticipate those numbers to grow due to the current global situation. Our vision is clear: create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Please donate to our COVID-19 fund. Visit www.foodbankscanada.ca to learn more.
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, they provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people they serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org to learn more.
About American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.
SOURCE Canadian Pacific
For further information: Media Contacts: CP, Salem Woodrow, 204-934-4255, [email protected], 24/7 media pager: [email protected]; The Frontline Fund, Lynn Bessoudo, 416-572-1625 / 647-241-6030, [email protected]; Food Banks Canada, Sonia Prashar, 416-560-6753, [email protected]; Feeding America, Mamie Moore, 312-641-5645, [email protected]