Syncrude supports food bank with $75,000

Nov 26, 2015

Syncrude kicked off its annual Wood Buffalo Food Bank Drive with a donation of $75,000.

“I would like to thank all volunteers, including our employees, who are taking part in this drive and challenge the community to give what they can to make this holiday season enjoyable for all families,” said Syncrude President and CEO Mark Ward. “During these difficult economic times, the food bank needs our support more than ever.”

Along with the corporate donation, about 150 Syncrude employees volunteer every year at more than 10 grocery stores across Fort McMurray collecting non-perishable food items and donations. The food drive helps support Wood Buffalo residents in meeting their immediate food needs while working towards long-term solutions to hunger and poverty.

“The support we receive from Syncrude each year helps us to meet the needs of our community,” said Arianna Johnson, Executive Director of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank. “The ongoing dedication from volunteers at the Syncrude Food Bank Drive helps to ensure our citizens and children never have to make the choice between a roof and food.” 

Since its inaugural event in 2005, Syncrude has supported the Food Bank through $702,376 in funding support, in-kind donations and volunteer matching. The Wood Buffalo Food Bank is looking to raise $360,000 and 75,000 pounds of food in this year’s drive.

H. Wilson Industries pick-up trucks will be stationed outside all grocery stores and Wal-Mart on Friday from 11 a.m.to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Country 93.3 and Rock 97.9 will broadcast live from various locations throughout the drive.

For further information:

Will Gibson
Media Relations Advisor
780-742-5930 | gibson.will@syncrude.com