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CHEP announces donation to Food Banks Canada

Contribution intended to help charity with COVID-19 response.


February 4, 2021
By Canadian Poultry magazine

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This week, the Canadian Hatching Egg Producers (CHEP) announced a $50,000 donation to Food Banks Canada to support food banks across Canada. This donation follows an initial $20,000 donation CHEP made in 2020 to support food banks amid COVID-19 pandemic response efforts across Canada.

At a time when many Canadians have reinvigorated their interest in food and cooking, not all individuals and families have met their food needs due to loss in income, poor health or other reasons.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant and detrimental impact on many Canadians, food banks across the country have been put under pressure while their operational capacity has been strained.

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The impacts of the pandemic will continue to be felt far longer than initially forecast and food insecurity will remain a challenge for many families.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of all Canadians, especially some of our most vulnerable communities,” says Brian Bilkes, chair of CHEP and a hatching egg farmer in Saskatchewan.

“We all must do our part to make sure that those in greatest need get the support and assistance to overcome these challenging times. CHEP is very proud to continue to play an important role in supporting our communities across Canada.”

“Chicken protein is highly valued by food banks across the food bank network,” says Tania Little, chief development and partnerships officer, Food Banks Canada. “We are thankful for this dedicated donation.”

This funding will allow the food bank network to provide additional high quality, nutritious food assistance in the communities that need it most.