The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has since raised more than C$14.5 million and gathered 4.3 million pounds of food for communities along CP’s routes in Canada and the United States.
“On behalf of the 13,000-strong family here at CP, it is my great pleasure to kick-off the 20th tour of the CP Holiday Train,” said Keith Creel, CP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It is a privilege for CP to be able to run a program like this and connect with so many communities across our network. I want to personally thank each individual who has made a donation over the past 20 years – your collective efforts have made the Holiday Train a huge success for two decades.”
Beginning in Montreal on November 25 and 27 respectively, two trains will make the festive journey, travelling through both the U.S. and Canada to bring holiday cheer to 164 communities along CP’s network. Each event is free, with CP encouraging attendees to open their cupboards and wallets to help address hunger needs in their communities. Local food banks will be accepting donations at each stop to ensure those less fortunate have enough healthy food this holiday season.
The train stopping in Chatham will have performers Sam Roberts Band and JoJo Mason.
CP wants to see how you captured the spirit of the Holiday Train!
If you’re visiting the CP Holiday Train this year, we encourage you to take photos and enter our Capture the Spirit photo contest. You could win a trip for four aboard the 2019 CP Holiday Train as well as a $1,000 donation to your local food bank.
Stay tuned for details.
Heart disease is one of the fastest growing health challenges in North America and the leading cause of death worldwide. But if you lead a healthy lifestyle including maintaining a heart-healthy diet, heart disease is manageable and may be preventable.
Each and every month, millions of people across North America use food banks to make ends meet. Through the CP Holiday Train, we not only want to help restock food banks, we want to ensure people have access to healthy, nutritious food.
Everyone deserves the same opportunity to eat well and protect their hearts.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Follow Food Banks Canada’s heart-healthy donation recommendations and bring:
- Grain Products – whole grain bread, brown rice, whole wheat crackers, hot and cold cereals, granola bars, muffins
- Vegetables and Fruit – canned fruit and vegetables, 100% fruit juice, tomato sauce, canned soup, tomato juice, and applesauce
- Milk Products – dry milk powder, milk puddings, cheese spreads, fresh milk, yogurt, and cheese (if accepted)
- Meat and Alternatives – canned meat and fish, peanut butter, canned baked beans, dried or canned beans and lentils
- Reduced sodium canned and jarred goods are preferred
- Check with your community’s food bank to learn if they accept fresh produce
Spread the word
Follow the Holiday Train on social media and invite your friends and family and spread the word about the importance of making heart-healthy donations #HealthyDonation
For the stop in Chatham, donations usually go to Chatham Outreach for Hunger. Check website or local news closer to the event for details.