EFO Honoured to be Recipient of Two Awards
EFO is among 20 recipients of the Paul Mistele award during Farm and Food Care Ontario’s recent virtual Harvest Gala. The award is given to agriculture groups who demonstrate a strong commitment to ending hunger in Ontario.
“In a year when so many of our partners have faced incredible challenges of their own, it has been so heartwarming to see the incredible generosity of Ontario’s food and agriculture industries!” says Carolyn Stewart, Executive Director of Feed Ontario. “At a time when many families are facing hunger for the first time, this amazing support is very much appreciated, and every single one of our partners has gone above and beyond.”
Through EFO’s egg donation program in connection with Feed Ontario, $250,000 is provided annually to distribute fresh, high-quality eggs to Ontarians in need but the amount donated during the pandemic crisis has increased monthly. With the impact of COVID-19 on all aspects of life, a substantial portion of Ontario is now feeling the pangs of hunger.
“Supporting Feed Ontario is important to Egg Farmers of Ontario every year, but when COVID-19 hit, we all wanted to do more because the need was so great,” Said Scott Helps, EFO Chair. “We added 18,000 dozen per month on top of our long term program. Egg Farmers are part of communities all across Ontario and the people hurting are our friends and neighbours and we needed to help.”
During the Canadian Agri-Marketing Associations Best of CAMA virtual gala on November 19, EFO was proud to receive a Certificate of Merit for its entry submitted with Bell Media for the Fields to Forks segment starring egg farmer Tonya Haverkamp. EFO was also nominated as a finalist in two other categories.