BDO takes on hunger in Canada

September 16, 2014

From Vancouver to St. John’s, leading accounting and advisory firm to raise 500,000 lbs for local food banks in 2014

BDO Canada LLP will continue the fight against hunger this fall with Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Drive Away Hunger campaign, the largest employee-led food drive in Canada with 100 per cent of donations directly benefiting local food banks.

“The annual FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign demonstrates BDO’s significant commitment to the communities that we live and work in. Now entering our seventh year of participation, our partners and staff have taken the challenge to heart and set a goal of raising over 500,000 lbs of food to help Canadians in need. The food drive has become a yearly event for our offices to work together to have a positive impact in communities from coast to coast” stated CEO Keith Farlinger. 

Since its launch in 2004, the FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign has raised over 11 million lbs of food in benefit of Food Banks Canada, a national charitable organization representing and supporting the food bank community across Canada. The concept originated when a Farm Credit Canada employee drove an open-cab tractor trailer around Ontario for eight days, collecting almost 60,000 lbs of food. The campaign has grown to help food banks across the country respond to increasingly high demands from the nearly 850,000 individuals they assist each month.

Thanks to the continued support of our communities, BDO alone has collected over one million lbs of food to date for our local food banks. This year we will strive to raise 500,000 lbs of food over the course of the campaign. From September 15 to October 17, offices across the firm will host a variety of community events to raise awareness of hunger in Canada and collect donations.

For more information on events in your community or to follow the campaign’s progress, please visit

Food or monetary donations will be accepted at all BDO and FCC offices for the duration of the campaign.

About BDO:

BDO is one of the leading accounting and advisory firms in Canada with our strengths firmly rooted in the communities we serve. Our professionals combine personalized, local advice and service with national resources and experience. As a member firm of the international BDO network, we also have access to advisors around the globe with over 1,000 offices in more than 100 countries.

BDO Canada LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership, is a member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms.

BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms.

About FCC:

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy portfolio of more than $26 billion and 20 consecutive years of portfolio growth. FCC is strong and stable – committed to serving the industry through all cycles, and to being socially and environmentally responsible. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. Employees understand agriculture and are committed to the success of customers and the industry. With FCC in the market, producers benefit, agriculture benefits, rural Canada benefits and so do all Canadians.

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