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CFC donates to Ottawa Food Bank

Donates $20,000 to assist families in need during pandemic.


April 8, 2020
By Canadian Poultry magazine

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Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC), whose office is in the nation’s capital, has announced today that it will be making a $20,000 cash donation to the Ottawa Food Bank to assist families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ottawa Food Bank issued a call for help on March 16th, explaining that there was a need for cash donations to help Ottawa’s vulnerable families.

CFC has partnered with and supported the Ottawa Food Bank since 2007.

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Through the Chicken Challenge Program – which secures product donations from a Canadian processor – as well as through staff donations and other programming, CFC says its contributions to the food bank have totaled $600,000.

“But this is something different,” says CFC chair Benoît Fontaine. “These are incredibly challenging times for all Canadians. We wanted to answer the call for help and pledge our support, in a meaningful way, to the city and region that our staff call home.”

The food bank’s leadership welcomed the contribution.

“We are beyond grateful to have the continued support of CFC,” says Michael Maidment, CEO, Ottawa Food Bank. “This gift is incredibly generous, and we are touched that they are thinking of our community during a time of such uncertainty. This gesture is on top of the already substantial donation of chicken we regularly receive from the chicken farmers.”

Fontaine says the CFC team in Ottawa wants to help wherever it can. “Every little bit helps, and we challenge others in the area to do what they can to help.”