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Ontario chicken farmers’ year-round food bank program ramps up donations this holiday season

TORONTO, ON – November 30, 2017 – Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) is ensuring that fresh, locally-grown chicken gets onto the plates of those who need it most. CFO Cares, the Board’s food bank donation program, enables farmers to donate a portion of the chicken they raise into the food bank system - which is then dispersed across Ontario to communities in need. This holiday season, the Board has increased its regularly scheduled donations to further alleviate hunger in the province.

“Today we are pleased to once again partner with CBC’s Sounds of the Season holiday food drive,” said Ed Benjamins, Chair, Chicken Farmers of Ontario. “We know that food banks across Ontario are in desperate need of fresh, healthy food and CFO Cares is committed to providing our food bank partners with a steady supply of Premium Ontario Chicken, raised with passion and care.”

Now entering its fourth year, the CFO Cares food bank donation program has provided over 1.5 million fresh chicken meals to community food banks across the province. Today’s donation was made possible by over 275 Ontario chicken farmers that have participated in the program to-date. Not only was a monetary contribution made on behalf of CFO farmer-members, but a significant increase in the delivery of fresh chicken to CBC listener communities will continue throughout the holiday season.

“We have farmer-members in over 330 communities across Ontario,” said Murray Opsteen, CFO Board Director and Chair of the CFO Cares Volunteer Network. “As farmers, we are proud to be able to give back to these communities. The CFO Cares program is focused on building momentum, creating important partnerships along the way and ultimately providing more meals each year, to those in need.”

To learn more about the CFO Cares food bank donation program tune into CBC’s Here and Now (99.1 FM) today beginning around 5:15PM, as CFO discusses the details of the holiday donation and helps to kick-off the CBC Sounds of the Season Food Drive.

CFO Cares is made possible in part by a partnership with the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) and Ontario chicken processors. Learn more about why hunger is such a serious problem in the province, CLICK HERE to access the OAFB’s recently released 2017 Hunger Report.

Interested in hosting a CFO Cares Community Donation Event in your community? Contact foodbank@ontariochicken.ca today! 

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