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Maple Leaf Foods Donates Turkeys to Help Feed Hungry Toronto Families This Holiday Season

TORONTO, Dec. 22, 2011, 2011 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) –TSX: MFI

Maple Leaf Foods is helping Second
Harvest feed more than 2,300 hungry people this holiday season by
donating 680 turkeys to their 9(th) annual Turkey Drive. Second Harvest is the largest food rescue program
in Canada.

“When we heard about the emergency appeal, we mobilized immediately”,
said Iain Stewart, Senior Vice President, Maple Leaf Foods. “We are
very grateful to support Second Harvest reach hungry people and
families and help them experience the spirit of celebration that the
season should bring.”

“We were thrilled to receive the call from Maple Leaf Foods,” said
Second Harvest’s Executive Director, Jo-Anne Sobie. “You could feel the
morale in the office skyrocket on the heels of this wonderful news. It
gave us the boost we needed to keep reaching for our goal of 9,000
turkeys.”

Second Harvest will distribute turkeys to recipient community agencies
to feed thousands of people in need this holiday season. The turkeys
will be given to families to take home or prepared at community-based
meal programs. Financial donations can still be made online by
visiting secondharvest.ca.

About Maple Leaf Foods
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading food processing company,
headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately
21,000 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States,
the United Kingdom, and Asia. The Company had sales of $5.0 billion in
2010.

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SOURCE: Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

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