CFO Cares program donates over 1 million fresh chicken meals to food banks each year
The Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, joined Chicken Farmers of Ontario’s (CFO) local chicken farmers to present fresh, healthy, locally-grown chicken to the Helping Hand Food Bank.
The donation was made as part of the CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks program, which donates about 1 million fresh chicken meals to food banks throughout the province each year, in partnership with the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB).
The OAFB supports 500,000 adults, seniors, and children that visit food banks in Ontario each year. Launched in 2015, CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks is a collaborative initiative that enables farmers to donate up to 300 local-grown chickens to food banks across the province. This year, more than 375 Ontario family farms are participating in the program and donating fresh, healthy, locally-grown chicken to Ontarians in need.
“It’s wonderful to see the Chicken Farmers of Ontario make a tremendous difference to so many lives,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “The CFO Cares Farmers to Food Banks program showcases the generosity of Ontario’s chicken farmers and the hard work they do all year round to make this remarkable contribution possible.”
“Ontario’s chicken farmers are community members, volunteers, coaches, group leaders, and families that take pride in helping our neighbours and giving what we can, when we can,” said Ed Benjamins, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario, “Through our CFO Cares Farmers to Food Banks program, hundreds of farmer families donate to local food banks in communities across Ontario, doing our part to tackle hunger.”
“Under the responsible supply management system, Ontario chicken farmers are providing Ontario consumers with safe, healthy, nutritious, locally-grown chicken,” said Rob Dougans, President and CEO of Chicken Farmers of Ontario, “Ontario’s chicken farmers support jobs, local economies, and together – through the CFO Cares Farmers to Food Banks program – our farmer-members are supporting those in need.”