BDO Marks a Decade of Driving Away Hunger

September 21, 2017

Toronto, ON, September 20, 2017 – BDO Canada LLP will continue to fight hunger this fall with Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Drive Away Hunger campaign, the largest employee-led food drive in Canada.

Marking its 10th year since first partnering with FCC, BDO hopes to donate 800,000 meals to the campaign. From September 20 to October 13, offices across the firm will host a variety of events to raise awareness of hunger in their communities and collect food or financial donations. One hundred per cent of donations will directly benefit local food banks.

“Drive Away Hunger has become a key part of our corporate fabric,” said CEO Pat Kramer. “In a decade, our efforts have grown and evolved, as our people have embraced this important initiative. Its values reflect our own, allowing us to give back to the communities in which we live and work. We look forward to participating once again this year.”

The concept of Drive Away Hunger originated in 2004 when a Farm Credit Canada employee drove an open-cab tractor trailer around Ontario for eight days to collect nearly 60,000 lbs of food. The campaign has now grown to become the largest employee-led food drive in Canada. Since its inception in 2004, FCC has collected over 33 million meals through its Drive Away Hunger campaign.

“Our partners are a vital support to this campaign, and we’re honoured that BDO has been an important part of it for 10 years,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO. “Last year alone, the hard work and commitment of BDO and its employees resulted in a donation of nearly 850,000 much-needed meals to Canadian food banks.”

According to Food Banks Canada, over 850,000 Canadians relied on food banks each month last year ― with children accounting for one-third of the total. Nearly one in six households that rely on food banks are currently or were recently employed.

Thanks to the continued engagement of our communities, BDO has provided enough food and financial support to deliver over 2.7 million meals to our local food banks.

To learn more about FCC Drive Away Hunger or locate a BDO event near you, please visit http://www.bdo.ca/DAH.

About BDO

BDO Canada LLP is a leading provider of professional services to clients of all sizes in virtually all business sectors. Our team delivers a comprehensive range of assurance, accounting, tax, and advisory services, complemented by a deep industry knowledge gained from nearly 100 years of working within local communities. As part of the international BDO network, we’re able to provide seamless and consistent cross-border services to clients with global needs. With nearly 67,000 people working out of more than 1,400 offices in over 150 countries, the network generates worldwide revenue of $7.60 billion.

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.