Chicken farmers donate $25,000 to Feed Ontario
April 17, 2020, Burlington, Ont. – Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) is donating $25,000 to longtime partner, Feed Ontario, to help aid its emergency response program, which looks to provide pre-packaged emergency food boxes to food banks across the province.
The donation will enable Feed Ontario to provide 17,500 meals and snacks, in addition to the ongoing donation of Ontario chicken, to 225,000 people.
“Our critical focus right now is making sure individuals who rely on food banks continue to have access to the food they need during this pandemic,” said Carolyn Stewart, executive director of Feed Ontario. “This $25,000 donation will go a long way in our efforts to help ensure people have enough food to safely stay home. We’re extremely grateful to Chicken Farmers of Ontario for their ongoing support.”
The CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks Program, which provides fresh chicken to food banks across Ontario, has also made some temporary changes to make the program more flexible for food banks, expanding the program to include frozen, prepackaged and further processed Ontario chicken products in order to provide premium Ontario chicken to families and individuals in need.
CFO represents more than 1,300 family-run farms that collectively ensure Ontario consumers enjoy a reliable supply of safe, healthy, high-quality, Ontario-grown chicken. The Ontario chicken industry is an important contributor to the economic health of the province, contributing more than $3.8 billion annually to the Ontario economy and supporting more than 22,000 full-time local jobs.