TORONTO, June 29, 2015 /CNW/ - Purolator has delivered 228,352 pounds of food to food banks across Canada as part of its Purolator Tackle Hunger® Week campaign. From June 1 to 5, Purolator employees, partners, agents and customers held events across the country to raise food and cash donations for food banks in their communities.
"The kindness of Canadians has once again been clearly demonstrated. The 228,352 pounds of food raised during PTH Week come at a critical time. The summer months are when food banks are most challenged to secure the donations they need," said Patrick Nangle, President and CEO, Purolator. "Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2015 PTH Week campaign and helped make a difference in the lives of the hundreds of thousands of Canadians in need of food."
Purolator also encouraged Canadians to help raise awareness of hunger in Canada during PTH Week on Facebook and Twitter. For every new "Like" of Purolator's Facebook page, "Like/Share" of its Purolator Tackle Hunger Facebook posts or use of #TackleHunger on Twitter, Purolator donated one pound of food to food banks across Canada. Through this initiative, Purolator raised 9,913 pounds of food, which counted toward the week's total.
Purolator also partnered with the Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation as part of its JUST GIVE Five Days of Giving campaign in Toronto. On June 3, Purolator employees, along with Toronto Police and Michael "Pinball" Clemons and his team, participated in the JUST GIVE Cram-a-Cruiser Challenge, picking up food donations from local elementary schools and delivering them to the Daily Bread Food Bank. By the end of the day, 9,336 pounds of food were donated in support of PTH Week.
Canadians can continue to give year-round and keep the Purolator Tackle Hunger movement going by making a donation online at purolatortacklehunger.com or at one of Purolator's Game Day Food Drives at select Canadian Football League games and other sporting events this summer and fall.
Purolator is committed to tackling hunger in Canada and making a positive difference in the communities it services. Since its inception, PTH Week alone has collected the equivalent of more than two million pounds of food to local food banks across Canada.
About hunger in Canada
Hunger is an important issue that affects Canadians across the country. According to Food Bank Canada's 2014 HungerCount report, more than 840,000 Canadians – 36 per cent of them children – visit 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.
Image with caption: "(from left to right) Chris Hatch, Executive Director, Mississauga Food Bank; Mike Boucher, Chief Operations Officer, Purolator; Deb Craven, Chief Financial Officer; Chris Schultz, TSN host; Mike Coté, Chief Commercial Officer; Shane Brown, Courier and Kadian Lecky, Courier (in front) tackling hunger during Purolator Tackle Hunger Week. (CNW Group/Purolator Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150629_C5079_PHOTO_EN_430024.jpg
For further information: Courtney Reistetter, Manager, Corporate Communications, Purolator Inc., Tel: 905 712-1084 ext. 23851, Email: [email protected]