MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX: MFI) today announced that it is taking immediate action to further support its front line staff, emergency food relief and health care providers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The actions include a weekly bonus for its hourly staff, an investment of approximately $2.0 million to support emergency food relief efforts and an investment of $2.5 million in a new fund to provide personal support to front line health providers during this crisis.
"In this global crisis, we are compelled to look beyond our business and do what we can to support the many dedicated people who continue to deliver the critical services we depend on, as well as the most vulnerable in our society," said Michael McCain, President and CEO. "We encourage all companies with resources and capacity to do what they can to add their support. Together, we can make a meaningful difference in working alongside governments to fight this pandemic and restore our public and economic health."
Maple Leaf Foods' expanded efforts focus on four key efforts:
About Maple Leaf Foods
Maple Leaf Foods is a producer of food products under leading brands including Maple Leaf®, Maple Leaf Prime®, Maple Leaf Natural Selections®, Schneider's®, Schneiders® Country Naturals®, Mina®, Greenfield Natural Meat Co.®, Lightlife®, Field Roast Grain Meat Co.TM and Swift®. Maple Leaf employs approximately 13,000 people and does business in Canada, the U.S. and Asia. The Company is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario and its shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MFI).
About the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security
Over 4 million Canadians face food insecurity. They live with the uncertainty of how they will feed their families…every day. The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically heightened this issue. People who live with food insecurity don't have the means to meet their normal food needs, let alone stockpile for the future. The Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security is ramping up efforts to support emergency relieve through a public matching campaign to be launched this week. We have a deep and long-term commitment to advance sustainable food security for all Canadians, but these times require extraordinary measures.
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