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Turkey Farmers Helping Canadians in Need


September 28, 2010
By Jim Knisley


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September 28, 2010 – Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz challenged all Canadians to donate a turkey to a local food bank this Thanksgiving. Ritz was on-hand as part of the announcement of a continued partnership between Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC) and Food Banks Canada.

September 28, 2010 – Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz challenged all Canadians to donate a turkey to a local food bank this Thanksgiving. Ritz was on-hand as part of the announcement of a continued partnership between Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC) and Food Banks Canada.  Turkey Farmers of Canada will again assist thousands of Canadian families by funding turkey purchases for member food banks, particularly those hardest hit in rural Canada.
"We're pleased to continue our partnership with Food Banks Canada," said TFC Chair, Mark Davies, "and appreciate the opportunity to supply turkeys to those assisted by rural food banks across Canada and hope that Canadians will donate a turkey or turkey product to their own local food bank to help others in their own communities". TFC's contribution will be augmented by donations from members of the organization.
"Turkey meat is in high demand at this time of year", Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director of Food Banks Canada, said "and there's always need for excellent sources of protein at all of our food banks".
In addition to TFC's Thanksgiving donation, a number of provincial turkey boards make contributions to food banks in their regions throughout the year. Close to 800,000 Canadians – including families, seniors and students – turn to food banks in an average month and of these, 37% are children.