Hamilton, Ontario – Saturday, October 13, 2009 – FTC Canada partnered with Caravan Logistics Inc. and Hamilton Tiger Cat centre Marwan Hage and his community initiative, Hage’s Heroes, to provide food to 1,500 needy Hamilton families this past Thanksgiving weekend (Saturday October 10).

This has become an annual event for FTC Canada. In 2008 they provided food and supplies to 1000 families in the City of Hamilton. Marwan Hage stepped up, providing 1000 hams in 2008 to add to donations collected in partnership with numerous churches, businesses, companies and individuals.

This year Caravan Logistics joined the partnership and provided the logistics support for the day held at Ivor Wynn Stadium in Hamilton.

In addition to providing two 53’ trailers for transporting food from the FTC Canada warehouse in Guelph to Hamilton, Caravan also provide over 35 volunteers for the afternoon event hosted under tents at the outdoor stadium facility. Employees along with their families prepared for the event setting up tables and supplies, handed out food boxes and bread and carried the family food boxes to waiting vehicles.

Denis Iwaniura, Manager of Corporate Accounts for Caravan was really pleased with what his volunteer team could offer. “If we can offer a helping hand for 1500 families on Thanksgiving and it puts a smile on their face, then it’s good for everyone involved.”

Each family arriving to pick up boxes had received a voucher from one of 5 Hamilton agencies in attendance on Saturday. The 22+ pound food box contained such things as pasta, sauce, jam, peanut butter, crackers, popcorn, cereal and drink mix.

“We heard directly from families on Saturday that they were so grateful for the box of food” notes FTC Canada president, Ken Dick. “In some cases this helped supplement a Thanksgiving meal, for others this was the meal all together.”

This story was edited for publication in the Truck News. [October 19, 2009]

Learn more about the recent food drop in the City of Hamilton at www.ftccanada.ca/hamilton


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