Ottawa, ON, April 29, 2014 – Egg Farmers of Ontario Chairman (EFO), Scott Graham and General Manager, Harry Pelissero arrived in Ottawa today with Bruce Weber to kick off a week-long tour of the EFO’s Egg Education Trailer to 7 Ottawa schools.
The Egg Education Trailer tour is part of EFO’s new partnership with the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) in support of their Ottawa School Breakfast Program (OSBP). EFO provided a $15,000 grant to help ONFE increase egg consumption in its school breakfast programs and is now also offering local students a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about Ontario egg production.
“We are proud to support of the Ottawa School Breakfast Program,” said Scott Graham, Egg Farmers of Ontario Chair. “Egg Farmers of Ontario believe in the importance of supporting children with the proper nutrition so they can learn and grow”.
Mr. Weber will tour the Egg Education Trailer (a miniature egg farm on wheels) to over 1000 Ottawa students this week; they will have an opportunity to see live chicks and egg-laying pullets demonstrate the various stages of egg production.
“Bruce Weber is a wonderful spokesperson: he’s so passionate about what he does and he’s so proud to produce eggs that people enjoy eating that it’s a pleasure to have him be an ambassador and come to Ottawa to share his passion and what he knows about eggs,” said Bill Mitchell, Director of Public Affairs.
“We’re really excited about this new partnership with EFO!” said Kathy McKinlay, President and CEO, Ottawa Network for Education. “With EFO’s support we’ve been able to ensure that eggs are available to more students in-need than ever before.”
“Eggs are very important component of the School Breakfast Program menu and kids love them”, said Carolyn Hunter, Director, Ottawa School Breakfast Program. “Nutrition education is also a really important part of the Program and EFO’s Egg Education Trailer is a great way to help us teach children about this nutritious Ontario food.”
Egg Farmers of Ontario represents the approximately 440 egg farmers and pullet growers in Ontario. It is an independent, self-governing organization funded entirely by egg and pullet farmers.
More than 12,000 students in 154 schools participate in the Ottawa School Breakfast Program every school day. The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) has been delivering the OSBP 2 since 1990, in partnership with Ottawa’s four local school boards and with the generous support of donors and funders.
For information about the Egg Farmers of Ontario, contact:
Bill Mitchell, Director of Public Affairs
Egg Farmers of Ontario
For information about the Ottawa Network for Education, contact:
Kathy McKinlay, President and CEO,
Ottawa Network for Education
For information about the Ottawa School Breakfast Program, contact:
Carolyn Hunter, Director, Ottawa School Breakfast Program
Ottawa Network for Education