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Maple Leaf Donates $175, 000 for Brandon’s Food for Thought Program Partnership brings nutrition to more than 18 schools in Brandon

BRANDON, MANITOBA, March 21, 2014 – Maple Leaf Foods is celebrating nutrition month with Brandon’s Food for Thought program by donating $175,000 in support of the program’s lunch program expansion.

“We are so thankful for the generous support of Maple Leaf,” said Judy Seib, Program Coordinator, Food for Thought Brandon. “Their contributions will help us expand our nutrition program to all the schools in Brandon and provide the children in our community with access to great nutrition education resources and good quality protein.”

“With hard work and tremendous dedication, Food For Thought has grown into an essential program in Brandon, providing hundreds of students with nutritious meals that fuel their day and help them reach their full potential,” said Morgan Curran-Blaney, Plant Manager, Brandon, Maple Leaf Foods. “We are so proud to partner with such a great organization and play a role in helping children benefit from nutritious food.”

Maple Leaf is supporting the program with a five-year commitment of $35,000 per year, totalling $175,000. The funding is the largest amount donated by a company to Food for Thought. It provides the program with a strong financial base to support its long-term viability. As part of the partnership, students will enjoy Maple Leaf Natural Selections sliced meat products and Maple Leaf Natural Selections Protinis snacks.

About Food For Thought
Brandon’s “Food for Thought” The Breakfast & Snack program for kids Inc. believes that no child should attend school hungry and provides a nutritional breakfast or emergency snack at 18 schools in Brandon. Our mission is to ensure all students have access to healthy, nutritious food that can better prepare them to learn.

About Maple Leaf Foods
About Maple Leaf Foods Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading food company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately 19,500 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. The Company had sales of $4.4 billion in 2013.

Media Contact: Maple Leaf Foods: David Bauer, Corporate Communications, 905-285-1510