This summer, close to one million people – including more than 300,000 children – will rely on Canadian food banks. Donation levels, however, typically plunge during this time of year, which, in turn, can cause great damage to families and individuals who suffer from food insecurity.
Cox Automotive Canada President, Maria Soklis, recently spoke about the company’s campaign and the challenges of the season.
“Hunger, as we all know, doesn’t take a summer vacation,” said Soklis. “The support that Cox Automotive Canada offers is deeply rooted in our fellow Cox Automotive communities around the world. We are connected by a common value of community involvement, and Drive Away Hunger is just one way that our team can demonstrate its commitment to the communities we live and work in.”
Food insecurity aside, summer can take a toll on families. Additional meals are required, but there are also added expenses like child care, summer camps, not to mention any additional increases to utilities or expenses at home.
Giving back can happen in different ways. It begins with helping keep the shelves at Canadian food banks stocked with much-needed items. As in previous years, Cox Automotive Canada team members were encouraged to make donations that focused on food they would feed to their own families, such as:
“We are proud to run this national food drive and fundraising campaign every year.” said Grace Kong, Vice President, Human Resources, Cox Automotive Canada. “This year’s goal was to increase our previous years’ donations by 10% to try to better combat the drop that Canadian food banks see each summer. Together our team brought in 7,141 pounds of food.”
In support of Food Banks Canada, Cox Automotive Canada would like to invite fellow Canadians to come together to take the #SummerHungerChallenge. Visit www.everyplatefull.ca to donate directly or learn more.
For more information, please contact Sarah Miller, Manager, Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Cox Automotive Canada at [email protected].