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Bayer raises over $1 million in support of Food Banks Canada

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  • Over 5 years, Bayer and its employees contributed over $1 million to help tackle rising food insecurity rates in Canada.
  • Currently, Bayer is supporting the “After the Bell” child hunger program that addresses the 33% of food bank users that are children.
  • This year, employees raised more than $28,000 through two fundraising campaigns and donated 2,800+ kg of non-perishable items in support of local food banks.

29 November 2023, Mississauga: Bayer Canada’s national fundraising efforts over the past five years have totalled more than $1 million in support of Food Banks Canada. Bayer has more than 1000 employees across Canada striving to prevent and cure disease, improve everyday health, and help feed a growing population. Each year, Bayer employees run two fundraising campaigns that support the one in five Canadians who continue to find it difficult to bring food to the table each day.

Over the past 5 years, these fundraising efforts have:

  • Helped Food Banks Canada reach its goal of delivering 185,000 ‘After the Bell’ food packs to over 200 communities in Canada in 2023.
  • Supported the development of 83 community gardens, greenhouses, and growing projects across 8 provinces – generating 140,000 lbs of fresh food (+FreshFund program).
  • Assisted with the development of awareness and advocacy efforts which are seeking to improve how policy better supports the needs of Canada’s most northern communities.

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 give generously to helpfood banks across Canada.”

In 2023, employees raised over $28,000 in support of the ‘After the Bell’ child nutrition program which addresses the 33% of food bank users that are children. In addition, almost 350 employees participated in this year’s Thanksgiving canstruction campaign donating more than 2,800+ kg of food to support the growing needs at local food banks.

“We have a passionate group of employees who are compelled to support their communities in the spirit of our global mission of Health for All and Hunger for None,” said Antoine Bernet, President and CEO of Bayer in Canada. “I am proud of our employee’s continued efforts and am pleased to be supporting the great work our partners at Food Banks Canada are doing to address the growing challenge of hunger in Canada.”

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