A donation of 200 chickens to the Helping Hand Food Bank Tuesday was followed Thursday morning by a visit from farmers involved in the Chicken Farmers of Ontario’s ‘CFO Cares – Farmers to Food Banks’ program.
“I’m so happy to see everyone in our humble food bank,” said Bob Smith, Chair of the Helping Hand Food Bank board. “Our food bank has been operating here for approximately 30 years now.”
“Each year the Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) donate chicken to the food banks of Ontario – it’s a great gesture, it’s a great way to help our communities,” said Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, who attended Thursday’s event in Tillsonburg.
“We want to show the industry is working to help out communities,” said Hardeman, who had suggested the Helping Hand Food Bank was a good place to mark the fifth year of CFO Cares – Farmers to Food Banks. “Chicken Farmers of Ontario not only grow our food, they are members of our community and they want to make sure they are doing their part.”