|Husky district manager Steven Christiansen; Mary Robson, Friends in Need executive director, grand prize winner Jon Mutiger; Husky retailer Sean Siaus|
The Friends in Need food bank in Maple Ridge, B.C. has received a $5,000 donation through Husky's Fuel it Forward campaign. The Company has also donated $30,000 to Food Banks Canada.
The Fuel it Forward contest, run through Husky's retail network, provided a grand prize of a $5,000 donation to their local food bank. Winner Jon Mutiger, from Maple Ridge, donated it to Friends in Need.
"Every little bit helps, and by directing this prize money toward my local food bank, I'm helping my community at a time when food banks truly need local support," said Mutiger.
Katharine Schmidt, executive director of Food Banks Canada, said food banks across the country are facing increasing demands. Canadians made more than 14.1 million visits to a food bank in 2014.
"Last year, 37 percent of those helped were children," said Schmidt. "If you do the math, this is 310,461 children nation-wide. To put this into perspective, imagine 6,000 regular-size yellow school buses full of children that are going to school and then going to bed hungry."
During Husky's Fuel it Forward campaign, Husky loyalty card members were eligible to win in-store prizes and the grand prize of a $5,000 donation to the food bank of their choice. At the completion of the campaign, Husky also made a donation to Food Banks Canada and donations to food banks in the areas where it has operations.