Turkey Farmers Support Mental Health Initiatives

May 27, 2020

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Turkey Farmers of Canada has announced another $80,000 donation in the wake of COVID-19, which will support mental health initiatives across the country. The funds will be distributed to Kids Help Phone and 4-H Canada.
"The country's rural and farming communities have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and we are concerned about the impact on mental health and on our kids," said Darren Ference, Chair of Turkey Farmers of Canada. "These funds will empower Kids Help Phone and 4-H Canada to provide a life-line to youth in rural communities as we continue to navigate these challenging times."
Since the pandemic started in mid-March, Kids Help Phone has experienced a continued increase in demand for service from young people all across Canada.
"During these unprecedented times, we've heard from thousands of people on their concerns related to COVID-19," said Kids Help Phone President and CEO Katherine Hay. "It is with the incredible support from partners like the Turkey Farmers of Canada that we are able to meet peoples' needs wherever they are – from the most remote communities to large cities, we're here for you."
The Wishbone Project was launched in mid-April with an initial $50,000 donation to Kids Help Phone, as well as an additional $25,000 in funding allocated for initiatives fighting food insecurity across the country.
"Across Canada, 4-H staff and volunteers are committed to supporting youth in a time when a sense of connection and community is more important than ever," said 4-H Canada CEO Shannon Benner. "We are grateful for generous donors like the Turkey Farmers of Canada for supporting the programs our youth need now."
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