Calgary (Rural Roots Canada) – 75,000 meals.

That’s the number of meals that will be distributed to individuals in need across the country because of a donation from Corteva Agriscience to Food Banks Canada on World Food Day to fight food insecurity.

The $25,000 donation is coming from the company’s Growing Today, Leading Tomorrow community investment program.

The donation comes at a time when the pandemic has continued to affect thousands of Canadians.

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Food Banks Canada and its network of 3,000 food banks and community agencies were providing services to more than 1-million Canadians before COVID-19.  Unfortunately, that number has only grown due to unemployment, lost work days due to illness, and uncertainty.

In a statement, Corteva Agriscience Canada President Bryce Eger says it is important to address an issue that has become far too common across the country, especially considering they are a member of the food supply chain.

“With every dollar donated, three meals are provided to hungry Canadians; we’re proud to support a cause that reflects our own values as a company – to put food on the tables of Canadians. Further, we applaud Food Banks Canada for all they do for those in need,” Eger said.

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Chris Hatch is the Chief Executive Officer of Food Banks Canada says the donation is generous.

“Thank you for helping us work toward our vision of a Canada where no one goes hungry.”