Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train is celebrating 20 years of helping food banks across Canada. Over the last two decades, CP Holiday Train has raised more than $14.5 million and collected 4.3 million pounds of food for communities along the CP’s routes.
“The Holiday Train has really become part of the community with many hosting larger events centred on the train. In some communities the money and food raised from the train’s stop is the main fundraiser for the next 12 months,” says Salam Woodrow, media relations advisor for Canadian Pacific.
Beginning in Montreal November 25 and 27, two trains will travel through both Canada and the U.S. to bring festive cheer to 164 communities along the CP routes. Along the journey, local food banks will be accepting donations to ensure the less fortunate have healthy food during the holiday season.
“Everyone deserves to eat healthy, nutritious food and hunger is an issue that can, and does, impact our neighbours in our communities. By supporting the CP Holiday Train, people are helping their neighbours, says, Woodrow. “The Holiday Train program is all about food banks and the critical role they play in our communities. The annual Holiday Train is how our company raises awareness, as well as collecting food and money for the local food banks.”
There will be no shortage of entertainment along the journey for both trains. The U.S. bound train will be accompanied by the Sam Roberts Band, JoJo Mason, and the Trews. The Canada bound train will be accompanied by three-time Juno award-winner Terri Clark, Kelly Prescott, and Sierra Noble, with the Sam Roberts Band hopping on Board in Alberta to finish the route.
On November 29, the stop in Trenton will be along the R.C.A.F road by CFB Trenton. It is a great opportunity for military families to enjoy the holiday spirit.
Woodrow says the goal of the program is to raise as much money and gather as much food for local food banks as possible.
“We leave it to the individual communities to set their own goals, and suggest Holiday train supporters think about the healthy option when bringing items to donate as part of our CP Has Heart program.”
The events are free, but supporters are encouraged to open their cupboards to help the cause for Canadian families across the country.