Food Banks Canada partners with Boisset FGV to help reduce hunger in Canada

TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Food Banks Canada and Boisset, La Famille des Grands Vins (FGV), have entered into a partnership to help reduce hunger in Canada. Until November 7, 2009, 50 cents from the sale of every French rabbit, Green rabbit and DeLoach wine at the LCBO will be donated to Food Banks Canada. The goal is to raise money for 100,000 meals for Canada's hungry during the campaign period.

"We are committed to helping families in need in this trying time for Canada and the world. Never before has it been so important," explains Jean-Charles Boisset, President of Boisset Family Estates. He believes strongly that, with the integral connection between wine and food, it is essential for his family's company to contribute to a solution.

The LCBO is strongly supporting the program with displays of the French rabbit, Green rabbit and DeLoach wines during the donation period. In addition, selected stores will have food collection bins from local food banks so that consumers can contribute in that way if they wish.

"We applaud this initiative by Boisset FGV to support Food Banks Canada, at a time when so many are in need," says LCBO President and CEO Bob Peter. "LCBO customers and staff have always responded generously to worthy causes and this fundraising effort gives them another opportunity to contribute dirctly and make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and families in their communities."

The statistics are alarming: One in 11 Canadians struggle with hunger each year, that's 2.7 million Canadians or 8.8 per cent of the population.* More than 700,000 individuals access a food bank every month in Canada: 37 per cent of which are children; 50 per cent of clients are families with children. * In Ontario, over 300,000 individuals access a food bank every month. This initiative will support Food Banks Canada and its Affiliate Member food banks across Ontario. "Food Banks Canada is very pleased to be working with Boisset FGV to support hungry Canadians" said Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director. "Through the purchase of a bottle of select wine from Boisset FGV, Ontarians are able to support those in need in their community and make a difference".

About Boisset FGV

Boisset La Famille des Grands Vins, a family owned producer and importer of fine wines, was founded by Jean-Claude Boisset in 1961, and is the world's leading producer of Pinot Noir. Boisset is an innovative leader in the wine world, seeking to reduce the environmental impact of wine packaging and production and protect the long-term sustainability of winegrowing. This approach has helped Boisset to build a diverse and balanced portfolio that provides wines for every moment, mode of consumption, and occasion. Brands in the Boisset FGV portfolio include Mommessin, Bouchard Aine & Fils, Jaffelin, French rabbit, Green rabbit, DeLoach Vineyards as well as the most recent additions of Raymond Vineyard and Cellar and Antonin Rodet. In Ontario Boisset FGV brands are proudly represented by Authentic Wine and Spirits Merchants.

About Food Banks Canada

Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing the food bank community across Canada. Our members and their respective agencies serve approximately 85 per cent of people accessing emergency food programs nationwide. Our mission is to meet the short term need for food and find long-term solutions to reduce hunger. Visit www.foodbankscanada.ca for more information.

*Source: Income-Related Household Food Security in Canada, (2004). Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion Health Products and Food Branch.

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SOURCE CHARTON-HOBBS INC.

For further information: For further information: regarding this program please contact Sylvia Giardino, National Marketing Manager, at (905) 233-3222 x312 or email at sgiardino@chartonhobbs.com; For further information regarding Food Banks Canada please contact Marzena Gersho, Director, National Partnerships and Programs, at (416) 203-9241 x28 or Marzena@foodbankscanada.ca

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