VANCOUVER, Nov. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Purolator has raised the equivalent of more than 1.3 million pounds of food, surpassing its 2014 goal of 1.2 million pounds, as part of the 12th season of its Purolator Tackle Hunger® (PTH) program. The announcement was made during the 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game tonight in Vancouver.
"What an incredible year for the Purolator Tackle Hunger program and food banks across Canada. Our employees, customers and partners – including the Canadian Football League (CFL) and its fans – truly brought their A-game this year, raising the equivalent of more than 1.3 million pounds of food," said Patrick Nangle, Purolator's President and CEO. "We are proud to have delivered on our promise of helping tackle hunger in Canada thanks to the kindness and support of Canadians."
Every year during the first week of June, the PTH program kicks off with PTH Week – when Purolator employees, partners, agents and customers hold fundraising events across the country to raise food and cash donations for food banks in their communities. Also during PTH week, Canadians show their support on Facebook and Twitter. For every "like" on Purolator's Facebook page or use of #TackleHunger on Twitter, Purolator donates one pound of food to food banks across Canada.
As part of the annual PTH program, Purolator also hosts a series of Game Day Food Drives at nine Canadian Football League (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 1.3 million pounds of food is exciting news for Purolator, the CFL, our fans and food banks across Canada," said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. "The record-breaking results of this year's Purolator Tackle Hunger program are a testament to our teams', players' and fans' passion for working as a team to give back to their communities."
Canadians also made online donations to one of nine 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 Banks Canada's 2014 HungerCount report, more than 800,000 Canadians, 38 per cent of whom are children, rely on food banks every month.
About Purolator Tackle Hunger®
As part of its commitment to helping alleviate hunger in the communities where it operates, Purolator 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 7.5 million pounds of food to food banks across Canada. For more information, visit purolatortacklehunger.com.
SOURCE: Purolator Inc.
For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact: Courtney Reistetter, Manager, Corporate Communications, Purolator, 905 712-1084 ext. 23851, [email protected]