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Chicken Donation Kicks Off Ontario Agriculture Week

MPP Cuzzetto joins CFO to donate fresh chicken to the Compass Food Bank

MISSISSAUGA, ON – October 7, 2019 – To kick off Ontario Agriculture Week, Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) was joined by MPP Rudy Cuzzetto, Mississauga-Lakeshore, for a donation showcase event at the Compass Food Bank.

The Compass Food Bank received a donation of 350kgs of fresh, locally-grown chicken, through the CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks program. Since it’s inception, the CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks program has provided over 3 million meals to food banks across the province.

“As chicken farmers, giving back and supporting our neighbours is in our nature. This donation of chicken is a great way to mark the beginning of Ontario Agriculture Week and the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Murray Opsteen, 1st Vice-Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario and Chair of the CFO Cares working group, “Through the CFO Cares program, we are able to donate fresh chicken to food banks all year round, but we know food banks have an unmet need for fresh and healthy protein. That’s why we are dedicated to growing our program and providing more premium Ontario chicken each year.”

This year, CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks program will donate over 1.2 million meals to food banks in Ontario.

“Through the responsible supply management system, Ontario’s chicken farmers are enabled to provide chicken donations to food banks, to help ensure that all Ontarians have access to nutritious, locally-grown chicken protein,” said Rob Dougans, President & CEO of Chicken Farmers of Ontario, “Working with food banks we are advancing our social mission and tackling food insecurity in our province.”

Ontario’s food bank network supports over 500,000 children, seniors, and individuals and provides over 25 million meals annually.

About the CFO Cares Farmers to Food Banks Program: 

As Ontario chicken farmers, it’s our job to provide our fellow Ontarians with locally grown chicken of the highest quality. But that’s not all. We also have a responsibility to our province, to our communities and to each other to stand up and help-out when needed.
That’s why every year, farmers donate 300 chickens to local food banks. Food banks that feed thousands of Ontarians who would otherwise go without. Food banks that put food on the tables of people living directly in our communities. So that we can help the ones who need us most, with the resources we already have. Not only because it feels good, but because we can.

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