Canadian food production giant Maple Leaf Foods and its CEO Michael H. McCain are contributing a combined $12.5 million over the next five years to advance the ongoing work of the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security and its partners.
The Centre is a registered charity that works to identify and advance solutions to ending food insecurity in Canada. McCain is its honorary chair.
It is estimated that food insecurity currently affects more than 5.8 million Canadians, one in five of which are children. That represents 15.8 per cent of the country’s population, nearly one in six people. Black and Indigenous communities are disproportionately affected, and currently have food insecurity rates that are 2.5 times higher than the national average.
Maple Leaf Foods is committing a further $10 million over the next five years, bringing its total investment since the Centre was launched in 2016 to $20 million. McCain himself is also personally donating an additional $2.5 million over the next five years.
“Food insecurity will not be solved by food charity. The Centre works with others to raise awareness of this issue, break the silence and stigma, and advocate for critical public policy reforms to achieve sustainable change,” said Lynda Kuhn, senior vice-president and Chair of the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security.
“This generous support from Maple Leaf and Mr. McCain will support the extraordinary work of many organizations that are bringing research, advocacy and community engagement to reduce hunger and advance social justice.”