Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 27, 2010 11:08 ET

Minister Ritz Challenges Canadians to Fill Up an Extra Plate for Local Food Banks with Canada's World-Class Agriculture

ROCKLAND, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2010) - In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux, today joined Mark Davies, Chair of the Turkey Farmers of Canada to visit the Rockland Help Centre and present a donation of Canadian turkeys to Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director of Food Banks Canada.

"As Canadians we have much to be thankful for, particularly the hard work of farmers and producers, like those with Turkey Farmers of Canada, who deliver high quality food to our grocery stores, said Minister Ritz. "Today, I challenge everyone to fill up an extra plate this holiday season by donating some great Canadian agriculture to their local food bank." 

"The Fall harvest season is a busy time for Canadian farmers, but it can also be a difficult time for families with limited resources," said Parliamentary Secretary Lemieux. "As we celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, I encourage everyone to give a helping hand to the food banks in our communities, which work hard delivering food and support to families in need."

The Turkey Farmers of Canada is a national organization that has served as the voice of Canada's registered turkey farmers for over 36 years.

"We're pleased that Minister Ritz and Parliamentary Secretary Lemieux are here today to challenge Canadians to donate a turkey or turkey product to their own local food bank to help their own communities," said Turkey Farmers of Canada Chair, Mark Davies. "We appreciate the opportunity to continue our partnership with Food Banks Canada this year and to be part of their important role: helping Canadians in need."

Food Banks Canada is a national charitable organization representing the food bank community across Canada. The group depends on financial and gifts-in-kind support to reduce hunger in Canada by feeding people across the country.

"We know that individuals and families across Canada struggle everyday to put food on the table," said Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director of Food Banks Canada. "Our partnership with Turkey Farmers of Canada will ensure that we can provide a nutritious and important part of Thanksgiving so that families can celebrate the holiday this season."

The Government of Canada, through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), has made investments this year to both the Turkey Farmers of Canada and Food Banks Canada to strenghten food safety systems across the country.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    Turkey Farmers of Canada
    Phil Boyd
    Executive Director
    Food Banks Canada
    Marzena Gersho
    Media Contact