Olymel launches Operation Feeding the World Together

Photo: From left to right : Lise Gagnon, Vice President, Marketing and R & D, Olymel, Jean-François Archambault, CEO and Founder, La Tablée des Chefs, Rejean Nadeau, President and CEO, Olymel, Richard D. Daneau, Executive Director, Moisson Montréal and Louis Banville, Vice President, Human Ressources, Olymel. (CNW Group/Olymel l.p.)

Press release

Olymel management has announced that the firm has made two donations of $10,000 each, to Moisson Montréal and La Tablée des chefs. Olymel has supported these charitable organizations for many years and will continue to support them for many more. The two cheques, for $10,000 each, were presented to Richard D. Daneau, Executive Director of Moisson Montréal, and Jean-François Archambault, CEO and Founder of La Tablée des chefs (see photo).

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, which it celebrated in 2016, Olymel has decided to re-orient its corporate donations policy by taking inspiration from its mission of feeding the world, and support organizations dedicated to aiding and educating individuals and families in need about good nutrition, in Canada as well as Quebec. Olymel’s corporate donations will now be grouped under Operation Feeding the World Together and may take the form of monetary contributions, food donations, transfer of knowledge and expertise or volunteer work. As part of this strategy, Olymel seeks to support food banks across Canada, especially in the regions and communities where its facilities are located in Quebec and four other provinces. The company will also rely on the experience of organizations such as food banks and La Tablée des Chefs to develop effective food aid programs adapted to the different realities of individuals and families in need in order to ensure that its donations can actually make a difference.

“I am proud to announce a concrete gesture today, with two grants of $10,000 each to Moisson Montréal and La Tablée des Chefs. These organizations and the many volunteers who work with them play a central, indispensable role for families and individuals in difficulty. As the holiday season approaches, I am confident that Olymel’s contribution to these two organizations will be used to meet an ever-growing need. I am also pleased that all Olymel executives will be more involved in implementing Operation Feeding the World Together in the coming years, so we can continue supporting communities with effective, concrete initiatives, as we have been doing for 25 years now,” noted Réjean Nadeau, President and CEO of Olymel L.P.

Olymel and its employees are also involved in several other causes, such as funding for research on cancer and other diseases. The company will continue to encourage its employees to become involved in various causes, and will support their initiatives in this area. As it has done in the past, Olymel will also continue to respond positively to invitations from its customers to contribute to the charitable causes they feel are important.

About La Tablée des Chefs

La Tablée des Chefs, a Québec-based charity, was founded by Jean-François Archambault in 2002. The organization distributes more than 500,000 meals annually to the needy, and gives cooking workshops in 80 secondary schools, providing over 50,000 hours of training to teens. The mission of La Tablée des Chefs is to feed persons in need and develop culinary training for youth.

About Moisson Montréal

With its foodstuffs recovery and distribution programs that deliver emergency food aid, Moisson Montréal, a non-profit organization founded in 1984, is the largest food bank in Canada today. Each month the organization delivers over 1,000 tons of food to more than 250 accredited community organizations on the Island of Montreal that offer food assistance to thousands of people. Moisson Montréal is funded and supplied mainly through donations. Its operations require the collaboration of nearly 9,000 volunteers each year and result in the redistribution of some 14 million kilograms of foodstuffs, representing a value of more than $81 million annually.

About Olymel

Olymel L.P. is Canada’s leader in the production, processing and distribution of pork and poultry meats. The company, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016, has made feeding the world its mission, which it pursues passionately with products of impeccable quality. In carrying out its mission every day, Olymel relies on its tradition of maintaining a strong link between farm and table, as well as on innovation and attention to customer and consumer needs. The company employs close to 11,500 persons, including more than 8,000 in Quebec, and has large facilities in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. Olymel exports nearly a third of its total sales, mainly to the United States, Japan and Australia, as well as over 65 other countries. Its annual sales are on the order of 3.2 billion dollars. The company markets its products mainly under the Olymel, Lafleur and Flamingo brands. For additional information about the company, visit www.olymel.ca.