Did you know that over 24,600 Saskatchewan residents turn to food banks each month? That's more than the entire populations of Swift Current and Kindersley combined.
Hunger isn't only felt in urban areas. It's also an issue that affects many families in rural Canada. In Saskatchewan, 48 per cent of the people who use food banks are children under the age of 18.
And, the sad reality is that the need is growing.
For the 10th consecutive year, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and its partners throughout the country are aiming to collect a record five million pounds of food for Canada’s food banks as part of FCC Drive Away Hunger (DAH).
Since it began in 2004, DAH has grown dramatically, with more than 11 million pounds of food collected to date.
FCC Drive Away Hunger tractor tours will take place the week of Oct. 14 in Alberta, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan, including the FCC
corporate office in Regina.
The tour will be in Kindersley on Oct. 15, Rosetown on Oct. 16 and Swift Current on Oct. 17. Tractors and trailers will be visiting area schools and businesses to collect food and cash donations for local food banks.
FCC is also collecting food and cash donations in each of their field offices until Oct. 18.
Drive Away Hunger is a great opportunity to have a positive impact in your community and help fight hunger.
For more information on the FCC Drive Away Hunger tour or how to get involved, visit www.fccdriveawayhunger.ca.