Mississauga, November 24, 2022 – Bayer Canada’s national fundraising efforts in 2022 saw more than $120,000 raised in support of Food Banks Canada programs directed at childhood hunger and northern food insecurity.
Living up to the company vision of “Health for All and Hunger for None,” Bayer’s employees made considerable donations through two internal campaigns supporting Food Banks Canada’s ‘After the Bell’ and ‘Northern Food Security’ programs.
In April, Bayer employees shared stories of their favourite childhood meals, while pledging donations of more than $11,000 to ensure children facing food insecurity could experience the same, through the After the Bell program. The company’s fall ThanksForGiving campaign saw more than $16,000 raised, along with more than 2,000 kilograms of non-perishable products through a canstruction challenge. Items are being donated through Bayer’s main sites.
Bayer is matching employee contributions in 2022 with a $95,000 donation to Food Banks Canada this year. Since 2018, Bayer and its employees have supported Food Banks Canada with close to $900,000 in employee and company contributions.
“We have a passionate group of employees who are compelled to help their communities in whatever way they can,” said Alok Kanti, President and CEO of Bayer in Canada. “I am proud of our employee’s efforts and pleased to be supporting the great work our partners at Food Banks Canada are doing to address the growing challenge of hunger in Canada.”
“We are thrilled to continue this relationship with Bayer, we know that their employees share our vision of a Canada where no one goes hungry,” said Kirstin Beardsley, CEO of Food Banks Canada. “The support received is more important than ever and we are extremely appreciative of our partnership, and that Bayer employees continue to open their wallets and pantries to generously support food banks across Canada.”
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About Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network from coast-to-coast-to-coast. For 40 years, food banks have been dedicated to helping Canadians living with food insecurity. Over 4,500 food banks and community agencies come together to serve our most vulnerable neighbours who in March of this year made nearly 1.5 million visits to these organizations, according to our 2022 HungerCount Report. Over the past 10 years, as a system we've sourced and shared over 1.4 billion pounds of food and Food Banks Canada shared nearly $168 million in funding to help maximize collective impact and strengthen local capacity – while advocating for reducing the need for food banks. Our vision is clear: create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit foodbankscanada.ca to learn more.
Michelle Book (she/her)
Director of Communicatons (Interim)
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