GUELPH, ON (April 3, 2020) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province‘s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario‘s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers today recognizes the efforts of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and those of Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and her team to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic with their newly announced support for food security services across Canada.
The Canadian Government is providing $100 million to improve access to food for Canadians who are in need of help during the COVID-19 crisis. The Government will provide funding to organizations supporting food security at the federal, provincial, and local level.
“As the COVID-19 crisis continues, there are more and more families in need across the country. This help from the federal government for the services doing the ’on-the-ground‘ work to help those experiencing food insecurity is vitally important, especially as the system is becoming even more taxed,” said Markus Haerle, Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Grain farmers in Ontario are committed to producing safe, healthy food for communities across the country.”
As part of Grain Farmers of Ontario farmer-members’ commitment to helping ensure the food security of Ontario, the organization has made a $100,000 donation to Feed Ontario on behalf of its membership (www.gfo.ca). With uncertainty around distribution of food, more people reliant on support systems, and concern over food security, farmers are needed more than ever. Farmers can see the immediate need and as a group that cares deeply about the food system, they are ready to help.
For more information on Grain Farmers of Ontario‘s requests of the federal and provincial governments for farmer supports to ensure the viability of the food supply chain in Ontario, please visit: www.gfo.ca/covid19