Monsanto Fund to Support Ontario's Food Banks through Fresh Food Program

 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  province.  About Monsanto  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  water and energy. Learn more about our business and our commitments at  www.monsanto.ca.    SOURCE  Ontario Association of Food Banks  For more information or to request an interview with Bill Laidlaw, please  contact: Amanda King, Ontario Association of Food Banks, amanda@oafb.ca,  416-656-4100 x2932  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2014/08/c3800.html  CO: Ontario Association of Food Banks ST: Ontario NI: AGR  
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