Syncrude donates $50,000 to food bank drive

Syncrude kicked off the Fort McMurray Food Bank’s annual drive with a $50,000 donation and a challenge to the community.

“I’m delighted we’re making this donation but the Fort McMurray Food Bank needs everybody’s help,” said Syncrude President and CEO Scott Sullivan. “People can do that by providing a food hamper for a family in need or through a cash donation. I also want to challenge other oil sands companies in the region to support the Fort McMurray Food Bank by making a donation.”

More than 80 Syncrude employees will also collect food during the annual drive, which started today and runs through Sunday, December 4 at all the city’s supermarkets and Wal-Mart.

“We’re proud to be associated with this organization and I want to thank the people who will be volunteering over the weekend.” Sullivan said.

I want to thank them for their community spirit. They are making Wood Buffalo a better place for everyone.

Scott Sullivan

Syncrude has supported the annual drive since 2005 and has contributed a total of $360,000 over the last seven years, including this year’s donation.

“Working with local industry and the community to raise food and funds to feed those who are in need is the first step to ensuring our citizens and our children never have to make the choice between a roof and food,” said Arianna Johnson, Executive Director of the Fort McMurray Food Bank. “Everyone at the Fort McMurray Food Bank from clients to staff to board members to volunteers would like to thank Syncrude for their ongoing support and willingness to set the bar high in the areas of community leadership and community spirit.”

H. Wilson Industries pick-up trucks will be stationed outside all local grocery stores and Wal-Mart from Friday December 2, 2011 from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday December 3, 2011 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Sunday December 4, 2011 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The drop-off locations will be marked with large banners produced by Billboard Direct. The goal is to fill the trucks with food and monetary donations for the local food bank. Country 93.3 and Rock 97.9 will be broadcasting live from various locations throughout the drive. This year’s goal is to raise enough food to feed more than 700 families. 

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