Farm Credit Canada (FCC) teams drove tractors through communities across the country to collect food for those in need.

Through their 16th annual Drive Away Hunger campaign earlier this month, Farm Credit Canada collected over 16 million meals for Canadian food banks and school programs over the 10 day initiative.

"“Food banks serve as a reminder there are individuals and families with children in both urban and rural Canada who struggle to make ends meet and putting food on the table is often a challenge,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC
President and CEO. “My hope is that FCC Drive Away Hunger raises awareness and inspires us to continue giving throughout the year in support of Canada’s food banks and those in need.”

Over 488,000 of those meals were collected here in Alberta with tours in Leduc and Mayerthorpe.

FCC says almost 100,000 people turn to a food bank each month in Alberta, and nearly 40 per cent of those assisted by food banks are children.

In June, they also donated $100,000 in support of food programs offered at 100 schools across Canada.