Cargill Supports Hunger Relief in Guelph, Ontario through Donation to Local Food Market

Dec 18, 2012

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Cargill today announced it is addressing hunger in its communities by entering in a new partnership with HOPE House in Guelph, Ontario.

Standing for Helping Overcome Poverty Everywhere, HOPE House serves the Guelph community by offering immediate refuge and access to food, clothing and caring support to those in need.  Cargill’s donation will specifically be used to support HOPE House’s Food Market, which in the last year assisted over 2,400 people.

“HOPE House is thrilled and excited to begin this new partnership journey with Cargill and its employees,” said Karen Kamphuis, HOPE House executive director.  “With Cargill expanding its business presence in Guelph by building a new Horizon Milling G.P. flour mill over the next few years, and wanting to expand its social responsibility outreach by giving back to the city, it is a win-win for both of us to partner together to further lend a helping hand in our community.  We are thankful for Cargill’s  support and backing and are excited to see new things develop as a result of this new friendship and partnership”.

Kamphuis also noted that this is a huge opportunity for HOPE House but not one they can manage alone.  As they grow and develop their community reach and build new programs, they will need to rely on the community and corporate partners to help them every step of the way.

Cargill’s other businesses in Guelph, Cargill Beef and Cargill Case Ready, have both been heavily involved in supporting local food banks through product donation and food drives over the years and are excited at the opportunity to extend their charitable reach by now also supporting HOPE House.

Member of Parliament, Frank Valeriote is an advocate for the work that is being done at HOPE House in addressing the needs of the community.  He said: “The unfortunate reality of the past few years is that the number of Canadians accessing food banks and emergency relief has increased. This is why it is so heartening to see such a strong demonstration of community involvement from HOPE House and corporate social responsibility from Cargill as we all work together to ensure food security and strive to eliminate poverty here in Guelph.”

This support comes from Cargill’s commitment to nourishing people and ensuring that everyone has access to safe, affordable, nutritious food.  “Supporting organizations like HOPE House allows us to realize our goal of helping create a more food secure world- starting with our own communities,” said Brigitte Burgoyne, communications manager, Cargill.

Source: Cargill

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