McCain Foods and the McCain Foundation are donating a combined $2 million to Canadian Red Cross for their work to help those in Atlantic Canada affected by Hurricane Fiona, an Oct. 3 news release said.
The release noted how McCain Foods and the McCain Foundation were “stunned and saddened by the devastation caused by Hurricane Fiona on the country’s East Coast.” Hurricane Fiona hit Atlantic Canada on Sept. 24 causing widespread damage across the Maritimes.
“With community values at the core of McCain Foods, and in keeping with the McCain Foundation’s mission to help the rural communities in which McCain Foods operates, both were eager to make a meaningful contribution to alleviate the burden facing Atlantic Canada,” the release said.
McCain Foods and the McCain Foundation will each donate $1 million to the Red Cross, making for a total of $2 million. The donation is being made to help Canadians, including McCain team members, who have been affected by the storm.
“We know from our own experience how strong the sense of community is throughout Atlantic Canada, and we, along with The McCain Foundation, are committed to supporting our employees, farmers, friends, families and neighbours during this difficult time,” Max Koeune, CEO and president of McCain Foods, said in the release.
McCain Foods was founded in Florenceville, N.B., the release noted. It was built on the values of family and community that are a staple of Atlantic Canada which is what lead to the establishment of the McCain Foundation in 1993.
“The McCain Foundation was created to improve the lives of the people living in rural communities where our McCain employees live and work,” Linda McCain, chair of the McCain Foundation, said in the release. “Our heart remains in the Atlantic provinces, and we are truly devastated by the damage caused by Hurricane Fiona.”