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It’s ‘Chicken as Usual’ during Local Food Week

BURLINGTON, ON – June 7, 2021 – During Local Food Week, Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) would like to thank consumers who are continuing to support the over 1,300 local chicken farmer-families raising ‘Chicken as Usual’ for Ontarians amidst the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Local Food Week is an annual recognition and celebration of the bounty of fresh and healthy food grown and processed in Ontario.

CFO’s ‘Chicken as Usual’ campaign was created at the onset of the pandemic to assure Ontarians that while many common routines have changed – and things are not business as usual – “Ontario's chicken farmers are on the job and committed to raising locally grown chicken for families and for food banks,” said Ed Benjamins, Chair, Chicken Farmers of Ontario. 

In celebration of Local Food Week, the Ontario government released the 2021 Local Food Report, which highlights CFO’s ‘Chicken as Usual’ campaign.

“Local food week in Ontario is an excellent opportunity to celebrate our agri-food heroes across the local food supply chain,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
“Chicken Farmers of Ontario have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to providing a steady supply of safe, healthy chicken throughout the pandemic.” 

CLICK HERE to access the 2021 Local Food Report. The Local Food Report features families like the Alexanders. The Alexander family has been growing chicken since 1986. Last year, not unlike countless Ontarians, many things changed for them! “But on the farm, growing safe, healthy, high quality chicken for Ontarians has stayed the same,” said Orrie Alexander from Cargill, Ontario. 

CLICK HERE to meet the Alexander Family and learn more about CFO’s ‘Chicken as Usual’ campaign. 

“I have been an advocate for food literacy my entire career. Supporting food literacy enables Ontarians with the knowledge and skills necessary to choose, prepare and enjoy healthy food,” aid Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron – Bruce. “It is wonderful to see farm families in Huron – Bruce, like the Alexander Family Creek Bank Poultry Farm near Cargill, stepping up to improve food literacy in the region in order to support people’s health, our community and the environment.” 

Want to learn more about local food production in Ontario? 

Foodland Ontario helps to promote fresh, delicious food close to home, all while supporting local farmers and business. CFO continues to partner with Foodland Ontario to help promote locally grown, Ontario food including fresh, healthy chicken grown by Ontario farmers.

Local Food Week celebrations continue until June 13, 2021. For more information on how to get involved virtually visit the following Twitter handles - @OntarioChicken, @FoodlandOnt, and @OMAFRA.

Media Inquiries:

Kathryn Goodish
Senior Director, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, CFO
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