18,000 servings of soup made by OAFVC going to community members in need thanks to United Way Grant

Cobourg, ON – December 8, 2020 – Northumberland County is pleased to announce that 18,000 servings of hearty, homemade soups produced at the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) will be distributed to local food banks, school nutrition programs and community service organizations, thanks to funding from Northumberland United Way’s COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund. Soups will be distributed through the County’s Food 4 All warehouse.

“COVID-19 has heightened food insecurity for vulnerable populations. As a manufacturing hub supporting agriculture and agri-food entrepreneurs, the OAFVC is ideally positioned to act swiftly, with this investment from the Northumberland United Way, to produce nutritious meals that will enhance food security in our community,” states Dan Borowec, Director of Economic Development, Planning and Strategic Initiatives. “We are pleased to be working with the Food 4 All team to quickly get this locally-produced product into the hands of our community members most in need.”

$25,000 in funding is supporting production costs for this undertaking, including packaging and ingredients. Three different soups – butternut squash, tomato basil, and potato leek – are now in production at the OAFVC.

“We are pleased to leverage the OAFVC equipment and the talents of the team for such an important cause,” states OAFVC Manager Trissia Mellor. “We thank the Northumberland United Way for the funding to make this possible.”

Soups will be packaged fresh-to-frozen and distributed through the Food 4 All beginning mid-December. For more information about the OAFVC, visit oafvc.ca. For more information about the Food 4 All warehouse visit our Food Support page.