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Celebrating Chicken Farmers during Ontario Agriculture Week!

BURLINGTON, ON – October 6, 2021 – During Ontario Agriculture Week, Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) is taking the time to thank farmer-members who continue to work tirelessly to keep things “Chicken As Usual” for Ontarians during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ontario Agriculture Week is a time to celebrate Ontario’s hard-working farmers, industry partners, and the abundance of quality food they produce for Ontarians to enjoy.  

“While Ontario chicken farmers continue to work to ensure that it is 'Chicken As Usual' for Ontario families, we also want to recognize and thank all of our industry partners throughout the chicken supply chain. We have come together to ensure Ontarians have continued access to a steady supply of safe, healthy, locally-grown chicken,” said Ed Benjamins, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario. 

COVID-19 has also dramatically increased the number of people facing acute food insecurity, creating even more demand for protein at our local food banks. The CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks program has continued to support local food banks throughout the pandemic. Each year, more than 500 CFO farmer-members donate a total of over 1 million meals to local food banks, supporting those in need. 

"Chicken farmers have stepped up to help our communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting local food banks. As part of our social mission, Chicken Farmers of Ontario is committed to tackling food insecurity in our province by giving back in the best way we know; with the resources CFO farmer-members grow,” said Denise Hockaday, CEO of Chicken Farmers of Ontario. 

To celebrate Ontario Agriculture Week, support Ontario farmers by purchasing local products, and consider making a donation to a food bank in your community today! 

Media Inquiries: 

Kathryn Goodish 
Senior Director, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, CFO 
E: kathryn.goodish@ontariochicken.ca  l  P: 289.288.4201