Monsanto Fund to Support Ontario's Food Banks through Fresh Food Program
TORONTO, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - In recognition of Hunger Awareness Week, the
Monsanto Fund has announced a $120,000 commitment in support of fresh food for
food banks in Ontario over the next three years.
According to the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB), more than 370,000
adults and children are turning to food banks every month for assistance.
"Hunger is a devastating reality affecting far too many Ontarians," said Bill
Laidlaw, Executive Director of the OAFB. "Through the generous support of the
Monsanto Fund, we will be able to increase the capacity of our food banks to
effectively store fresh produce, as well as provide more fresh food to
Ontarians in need. This is an excellent example of social responsibility and
we are very appreciative of this support."
The Monsanto Fund - Monsanto Company's global gifting fund - has committed
$40,000 per year for the next three years to support the OAFB's Community
Harvest Ontario program, an initiative that builds partnerships between
farmers and food banks across the province. The grant will be used
specifically to help increase the amount of fresh fruits, vegetables, and
protein items available to food banks in Ontario, as well as increase rural
food banks' storage capacity for fresh product.
"We are always looking for ways to engage at the grassroots level and support
community-based initiatives with a focus on food, agriculture and rural
communities," said Trish Jordan, public and industry affairs director with
Monsanto Canada. "The Community Harvest program is addressing a critical need
in the community and we are pleased to partner with local farmers and other
Food Bank volunteers in this effort. We particularly like the hands-on
opportunity for our employees to get directly involved in supporting the
Community Harvest program."
Since 1964, the Monsanto Fund has worked to substantially and meaningfully
improve people's lives. Just as Monsanto Company has been the leader in
innovative and sustainable agriculture, the Monsanto Fund has worked to be an
innovative philanthropic leader, providing sustainable assistance to
communities in need around the world. The Fund's goal is to improve the lives
of people by bridging the gap between their needs and their resources.
About the OAFB
The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) is a network of 120 food banks
and over 1,100 hunger relief programs and agencies across the province.
Together, we serve 412,000 individuals, including 160,000 children, every
month. The OAFB is committed to reducing hunger through sustainable solutions
that ensure the long-term health and success of communities across the
Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monsanto Canada Inc. is part of the
larger global Monsanto family. Monsanto Company is an agricultural company
and a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural
products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains
focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more
from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as
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SOURCE Ontario Association of Food Banks
For more information or to request an interview with Bill Laidlaw, please
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