Corporate supporters recognized for their commitment to addressing the issue of hunger in Canada
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 12, 2018 /CNW/ - Food Banks Canada announces the recipients of its 2018 Corporate Donor awards. These awards celebrate Food Banks Canada's partnerships with corporate Canada and reflect the distinct and innovative ways that companies are giving back and assisting the more than 860,000 men, women and children who use food banks each month.
"Every day we are reminded of the considerable need to support Canadians who are living with hunger and we're happy to recognize our outstanding corporate supporters," says Chris Hatch, CEO of Food Banks Canada. "These recipients are inspiring examples of organizations that are helping to improve the lives of Canadians struggling with hunger."
2018 AWARD RECIPIENTS (in alphabetical order)
Egg Farmers of Canada was the recipient of the 2018 Award of Excellence. This award acknowledges a corporate partner's long-term commitment to food banks in Canada. For more than two decades, Egg Farmers of Canada has been a partner to food banking across Canada. In 2017, they demonstrated their passion and commitment to reducing hunger in Canada which included the Recipes that Give campaign that celebrated of the generosity of food bank volunteers and distributed more than 1.3 million highly sought after fresh and nutritious eggs to local food banks.
The Innovator of the Year award was presented to Loblaw Companies Ltd. This award recognizes a corporate partner's unique contribution to Food Banks Canada. Loblaw has been a committed supporter of the food banking network since 2004. Their Save It Forward campaign, which allows consumers to donate to matched, local food banks, has helped generate $1 million dollars in additional support.
The 2018 Donor of the Year Awards were presented to Walmart Canada and The Walmart Foundation. This award recognizes the corporate donor's outstanding leadership. The Walmart Foundation granted more than $3.8M to Food Banks Canada and local members in 2017. Walmart Canada also supports food banking with millions in grants and donations through the Fight Hunger. Spark Change campaign. "The Walmart Foundation appreciates this recognition, and we applaud Food Banks Canada for their leadership in enhancing food security throughout Canada," said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation. "By providing philanthropic support and working with organizations like Food Banks Canada, we aim to strengthen the food system and accelerate food recovery efforts, helping Canadian food banks better serve their communities."
The company also supports Food Banks Canada's Retail Food Program, helping grow food banks' ability to acquire and share food across the country. Since 2011, Walmart Canada has raised and donated more than $10 million and 11 million pounds of food to Canadian food banks. "Walmart Canada is extremely honoured by this recognition," said Lee Tappenden, President and CEO, Walmart Canada. "While we're proud of our efforts to date, we can't afford to rest on our laurels. Food insecurity continues to be a significant problem throughout Canada and we are proud to work alongside Food Banks Canada to address this critical issue."
Through their generous support and innovative solutions, this year's winners have made important contributions to both addressing hunger in Canada today and leading the way to creating the change needed to reduce food bank use. Food Banks Canada is grateful for their ongoing support.
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 more than 860,000 Canadians each month. Together our 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. Visit foodbankscanada.ca for more information.
About Egg Farmers of Canada
Now in its fifth decade as one of Canada's leading agriculture organizations, Egg Farmers of Canada manages the national egg supply and promotes egg consumption while representing the interests of regulated egg producers from coast to coast.
About Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited is Canada's food and pharmacy leader, the nation's largest retailer, and the majority unit holder of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. Loblaw provides Canadians with grocery, pharmacy, health and beauty, apparel, general merchandise, financial services, and wireless mobile products and services.
About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 410 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada's extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated $250 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back.
SOURCE Food Banks Canada
For further information: Danielle Lalonde, Food Banks Canada, T: 905.602.5363, E: [email protected]