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Husky Canada Generously Supports Food Banks Across Canada

Mississauga ON November 4, 2015.  The Friends in Need Food Bank in Maple Ridge, B.C. is the recipient of a $5,000 donation made through Husky’s Fuel it Forward campaign. In addition to this direct donation, Husky has also donated $30,000 to Food Banks Canada to support food banks across the country.

The Fuel it Forward contest, run through Husky’s retail network, provided a grand prize of $5,000 to be donated to a local food bank. Winner Jon Mutiger, from Maple Ridge, selected 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 Jon Mutiger.

Katharine Schmidt, executive director of Food Banks Canada, said food banks across the country are facing increasing demands. Canadians in need 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 to food banks in the areas where it has operations.

Husky’s contributions enable Food Banks Canada to work towards its goal of relieving hunger today and preventing hunger tomorrow.

Steven Christiansen, Husky retail district manager; Mary Robson, executive director of Friends in Need Food Bank, Jon Mutiger, grand prize winner of the Dog Days of Summer campaign and retail operations specialist at International Motorsports; Sean Siaus, Husky retail operator

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