BC turkey growers are among the first in Canada to chip in as part of a national initiative by the sector to give back.
Three organizations are each receiving $10,000 from members of the BC Turkey Marketing Board and the BC Turkey Association to help them fight hunger. These include the Union Gospel Mission, Potluck Caf√© Society and Breakfast Club of Canada.
‚ÄúThey are fulfilling a critical role in helping those in need get through these incredibly challenging times,‚ÄĚ said BCTMB general manager Michel Benoit.
Potluck Caf√© Society, for example, estimates that it has served more than 85,000 meals to residents of Vancouver‚Äôs downtown eastside since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
The donations are a BC contribution to the Wishbone Project, a national charitable initiative that turkey growers and processors launched in April 2020. New Brunswick is the only other province to have announced donations to date, with a gift of 500 birds to the province‚Äôs food banks.
Nationally, the program has donated $130,000 to Kids Help Phone and 4-H Canada to support mental wellness among children. An additional $25,000 was donated to address food insecurity.