Food Banks Canada is incredibly thankful to our dedicated donors who are essential to our success and ability to reduce hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow. Through their help, we have been able to acquire and share millions of pounds of food and provide program grants to food banks across the country.
Every year, we recognize the companies that made outstanding commitments to Food Banks Canada and helped the lives of Canadians experiencing food insecurity with our Corporate Partnership Awards.
Award of Excellence
The Award of Excellence, which recognizes a corporate donor’s long-term support of Food Banks Canada and has made a measurable positive impact on the issue of hunger or food banking in Canada, was given to Egg Farmers of Canada. We are proud to recognize Egg Farmers of Canada for their long-term commitment to food banks in Canada. For more than two decades, Egg Farmers of Canada has been a partner to food banking across Canada. In 2017, they demonstrated their passion and commitment to reducing hunger in Canada which included the Recipes that Give campaign that celebrated the generosity of food bank volunteers and, distributed more than 1.4 million highly sought after fresh and nutritious eggs to local food banks.
Donor of the Year
This award recognizes the corporate donor’s outstanding leadership and the recipients were Walmart Canada and The Walmart Foundation. The Walmart Foundation has granted more than $3.8 million to Food Banks Canada and local members in 2017. Walmart Canada has supported food banking with millions in grants and donations through the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign.
“Walmart Canada is extremely honoured by this recognition,” said Lee Tappenden, President and CEO, Walmart Canada. “While we’re proud of our efforts to date, we can’t afford to rest on our laurels. Food insecurity continues to be a significant problem throughout Canada and we are proud to work alongside Food Banks Canada to address this critical issue.”
Walmart also supports Food Banks Canada’s Retail Food Program, helping grow food banks’ ability to acquire and share food across the country. Since 2011, Walmart Canada has raised and donated more than10 million dollars and 11 million pounds of food to Canadian food banks.
“The Walmart Foundation appreciates this recognition, and we applaud Food Banks Canada for their leadership in enhancing food security throughout Canada,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation. “By providing philanthropic support and working with organizations like Food Banks Canada, we aim to strengthen the food system and accelerate food recovery efforts. helping Canadian food banks better serve their communities.”
Innovator of the Year
The Innovator of the Year award was presented to Loblaw Companies Ltd. This award recognizes a corporate partner’s unique contribution to Food Banks Canada. Loblaw has been a committed supporter of the food banking network since 2004. Their Save It Forward campaign, which allows consumers to donate to matched, local food banks, has helped generate $1 million dollars in additional support.
Through their generous support and innovative solutions, this year’s winners have made important contributions to both addressing hunger in Canada and leading the way in creating the change needed to reduce food bank use. Food Banks Canada is grateful for their ongoing support in to reducing hunger and raising awareness about the issue of hunger in Canada.