Posted by: cherylyoung | December 1, 2012

North America’s longest running food bank fundraiser begins its unique trek across Canada and the U.S


North America’s longest-running food bank

fundraiser begins its unique trek across Canada

as well as the U.S. Midwest and Northeast this

weekend in its cross-border mission to feed our


For the 12th year, two specially decorated freight

trains will launch their unique journeys across

six Canadian provinces and eight U.S. states:

The U.S. Holiday Train on Friday, November 26th

while the Canadian ‘train of lights’ will begin its

cross-country trek on Saturday, November 27th,

from Beaconsfield, Quebec.

“The Holiday Train’s mandate remains strong and

that is to help tackle hunger, regardless of borders

or size of community,” said Fred Green, President

and CEO of Canadian Pacific.

“At this critical time of year, CP employees and

thousands of volunteers in Canada and the United

States are again joining together in helping those

less fortunate.”

Residents in about 140 cities and towns on both

sides of the border will be able to join the Holiday

Train spirit and magic, with all food and money

raised at each stop staying in that community

for local distribution.

Each Holiday Train has 14 rail cars decorated with

hundreds of thousands of festive lights.

Included is a modified box car that has been turned

into a traveling stage for performers.

The two trains are assembled and decorated by CP

employees in Montreal, Smith Falls and Calgary.

Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train program has

raised $4.8 million and generated almost

2.3 million pounds of food donations for local food


“With our HungerCount 2010 survey showing a

9.2 per cent increase in Canadians turning to their

local food shelves in 2010 compared to 2009, the

CP Holiday Train is a unique and creative program

that gives people an opportunity to support their

local food banks,” said Katharine Schmidt,

Executive Director of Food Banks Canada.

Performing the spirit of the season from a specially

designed stage on the Canadian Holiday Train is

one of Canada’s most versatile bands, The Odds.

Joining The Odds in Quebec and Smiths Falls,

Ontario is the musical sensation, Brothers Dube.

Leading the musical message on the U.S. Holiday

Train is Melanie Doane with rising star Kelly

Prescott joining the train for several shows, as well.

Visit the Holiday Train page for their bios and photos.

The 2010 CP Holiday Train schedule is available

on – a website that more than 150,000

visitors check out each holiday season to get the

latest updates and mark their calendars for the

train stop nearest them.

Follow both Holiday Trains on CP’s website with

daily blog updates.

People can join the Holiday Train on Facebook and

follow the spirit of one of the longest-running

cross-country food bank fundraisers on Twitter:


‘Holiday Train Tracks’ CD benefits food banks

across North America

To find out when the train will be in your area or B.C

go to

and to catch a video and




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