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Join the Solution for Food Insecurity with Maple Leaf's 12 Days of Giving

December 9, 2014
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MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 8, 2014 /CNW/ – Food insecurity affects more than 4 million Canadians. Today, Maple Leaf Foods is launching 12 Days of Giving, a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about food insecurity and engage Canadians to help find a solution.

From Dec. 8 to Dec. 20, Maple Leaf employees will be fundraising and volunteering with organizations across Canada to spread the word about food insecurity in their cities and help people in need receive nutritious food and other important support needed to overcome food insecurity over the holidays.

“Rising levels of food insecurity is an issue that concerns all Canadians,” said Lynda Kuhn, Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Public Affairs, Maple Leaf Foods. “Our employees feel very passionately about making a positive difference in their communities. This campaign brings together our collective resources and desire to be a positive force for change.”

Food security includes both physical and economic access to food that meets people’s dietary needs as well as their food preferences. Food security is built on three pillars:

  • Food availability: sufficient quantities of nutritious food available on a consistent basis.
  • Food access: having sufficient resources to obtain appropriate food for a nutritious diet.
  • Food use: appropriate use based on knowledge of nutrition, care and cultural sensitivities, as well as adequate water and sanitation.

Food insecurity happens when food availability, access or use can’t be met.

Canadians can help raise awareness by re-tweeting and sharing the information Maple Leaf will be sending out on Twitter under the hashtags #MLF12days and #FeedingtheCountry and on Facebook during the 12 Days of Giving. The Company will highlight important food security information and showcase organizations that are making a difference. There will be photos of employees volunteering in-action during the holidays. Maple Leaf’s goal is to raise more than $60,000 and food resources for food insecurity causes this holiday season.

Visit www.mapleleaf.ca to follow 12 Days of Giving.  To learn what Maple Leaf is doing to support communities in Canada and abroad, please visit: www.mapleleafcommunities.ca. Click on the Feeding the Country tab to watch a video of Zulekah Suni from Rapport Youth and Family Services, the winner of the Company’s recent $10,000 Feeding the Country Grant and a partnering organization for Maple Leaf’s 12 Days of Giving.

Maple Leaf Foods is Canada’s leading consumer packaged meats company, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario. The Company makes high-quality, great tasting, nutritious and innovative food products under leading brands including Maple Leaf®, Maple Leaf Prime®, Maple Leaf Natural Selections®, Schneiders®, Schneiders Country Naturals® and MinaTM. The Company employs approximately 12,000 people in its operations across Canada and exports to more than 20 global markets including the U.S. and Asia.

BACKGROUNDER

Maple Leaf’s 12 Days of Giving is a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about food insecurity and engage Canadians to help find a solution. The Company is partnering with the following organizations to raise awareness:

Quotes:
Good Shepherd: “The Holiday Season is particularly stressful for many people in our community,” said Cathy Wellwood, Chief Development Officer at Good Shepherd. “Support from organizations like Maple Leaf are so important to Good Shepherd’s year-round efforts to help people emerge from the hardships of homelessness, poverty, domestic abuse and mental illness so they can re-establish healthy lives in our community.”

Daily Bread Food Bank: “The holidays are a critical time for us to stock our shelves and continue to raise awareness about poverty in Toronto,” said Gail Nyberg, Executive Director, Daily Bread Food Bank. “It’s important for all of us to remember that hunger doesn’t end with the holidays and the need exists year round. We thank everyone for their continued support.”

Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre: “The economic impact of poverty in Saskatchewan is calculated at $3.8b a year,” said Laurie O’Connor, Executive Director, Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre. “Thank you to everyone who contributes to raising awareness about poverty and food insecurity and working together to find solutions.”

Article source: http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/join-solution-food-insecurity-maple-202700819.html

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