MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 9, 2017) - In celebration of Canada 150, Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is pleased to announce the DFO Board, on behalf of Ontario's dairy farmers, is donating $150,000 to the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) for the purchase of milk and dairy products for Ontario families in need. To maximize its donation, DFO has partnered with Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd (Gay Lea Foods), who will provide products to the OAFB at cost for the next five years.
Individual Ontario dairy farmers already collectively donate, with the support of the Ontario Dairy Council and Ontario Milk Transport Association, almost one million litres of milk to the OAFB annually. "Canada's 150th year is the perfect time to reflect on the wonderful country we live and work in," says DFO board chair Ralph Dietrich. "Dairy farmers across Ontario are very fortunate to be able to produce some of the highest quality milk in the world and to do so in our great country. The dairy industry is an important contributor to the Canadian economy and to the health of Canadians. The DFO Board wants to give back to communities in need across Ontario. I believe it is important to ensure every Canadian has access to high-quality Canadian milk, and that is why I'm proud to announce this special donation to the OAFB."
"There are no words to describe how grateful we are to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario for their incredibly generous $150,000 donation in honour of Canada 150. This gift will go a long way in helping us provide families in need with highly nutritious dairy products and fresh milk throughout the next five years," says executive director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks Carolyn Stewart. "We would also like to thank Gay Lea Foods for their generous partnership, which will ensure that each donated dollar makes the greatest possible impact across the province."
|By the Numbers|
|Donated by Ontario's Dairy Farmers to the OAFB in celebration of Canada 150|
|of at-cost pricing for the OAFB provided by Gay Lea Foods|
|~ 1 MILLION LITRES|
|of raw milk already provided by Ontario's dairy farmers|
|of milk transported by Ontario milk transporters|
|of milk processed by Ontario food processors|
|...for Ontario food banks each year|
|Ontarians in need served each month by the OAFB|
Dairy Farmers of Ontario is the marketing group for the largest sector of Ontario agriculture. We are proudly owned and operated by the farm families of Ontario's dairy farms.