When the Ottawa Food Bank issued a plea for help this week, Chicken Farmers of Canada stepped up. The company has donated a whopping $20,000 to help the city’s most vulnerable families during this “incredibly challenging” time. It comes as cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa continue to be diagnosed.

On March 14, the Ottawa Food Bank (OFB) sent out a message, urging Canadians to consider making a cash donation to help the city’s most at-risk families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a post on Twitter, the charity explained, "Vulnerable families can't afford to stock up food for days."

"Grocery stores can't keep their own shelves stocked, so donations of non-perishables and fresh food are not coming through our doors."

They added, "With schools closed for three weeks, your gift will help families provide meals usually received at school."

In response, Chicken Farmers of Canada reached out, and they’ve committed to a $20,000 cash donation to help those in need.

While the company has made several donations in the past, “this is something different,” said chairman Benoît Fontaine. 

"These are incredibly challenging times for all Canadians. We wanted to answer the call for help and pledge our support, in a meaningful way, to the city and region that our staff call home."

In addition to the support from the Chicken Farmers of Canada, the charity is also being helped by Loblaws Ontario.

Participating Loblaws stores are now accepting monetary donations for the Ottawa Food Bank, as well as collecting food donations from shoppers who want to pay it forward.

Those who would like to donate can also do it directly on the OFB website.

On March 16, superstar Ryan Reynolds promised a donation of $1 million to both Canadian and U.S. food banks, explaining, “COVID-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low-income families.”

Reynolds urged others to help in any way they can, adding, “Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection.”

Across Ontario, there have been 214 confirmed cases of the virus, a number which almost doubled last weekend.

One person in the province has died.

You can keep up-to-date with all of the city's latest COVID-19 related news and advice by visiting the Ottawa Public Health website.

*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.


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