Johnson Employees Rally to Feed 1200 Families across Canada this Christmas

ST. JOHN'S, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - Johnson Inc. employees across Canada collected food items, which the company matched, to be able to feed 1200 families, one family per employee, across Canada this Christmas.

"On behalf of our more than 1,200 employees, I am pleased to announce that Johnson is donating approximately 24,000 food items to food banks across Canada," said Ken Bennett, President, Johnson Inc.

"Today food items are being distributed across the country by our employees," said Bennett. "We're making the first donation to the Community Food Sharing Association in St. John's. We have an exceptional team of people working together from coast to coast. It is their efforts and community spirit that have resulted in today's donation."

Community Food Sharing Association General Manager, Eg Walters thanked Johnson for its donation and said, "On average a food hamper contains approximately 20 food items. So the efforts of the management and staff of Johnson will help thousands of people this holiday season. As a result of economic conditions, food banks across the country have been struggling to meet their needs. Due to the efforts of the people at Johnson, we will be able to help more families than we expected this year."

Ken Bennett said, "At Johnson we have pulled together as a team to give back to the communities in which we live and work. With more than 2.7 million Canadians needing to use a food bank at some point during the year and a third of food banks not having enough food to meet the need, we felt a strong need to support this cause and help those who need it most."

With origins dating back to 1880, Johnson Inc. is one of the oldest and most respected insurance and benefit providers in Canada. Headquartered in St. John's, NL, Johnson Inc. has more than 65 locations across the country. Today, the company is part of the global RSA group. With history stretching back almost 300 years, RSA is one of the world's leading multinational insurance groups.

The Community Food Sharing Association is the central collection and distribution point for over 48 member agencies throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2009 alone, the demand for food banks in Canada has grown 18%. Alberta (61%), Nova Scotia (20%) and Ontario (19%) have been hit the hardest; however, all regions have been impacted.

SOURCE JOHNSON INC.

For further information: For further information: Melissa Watton, Manager, External Communications, Johnson Inc., (709) 737-6045, Toll Free: 1-877-737-6045, mwatton@johnson.ca; Eg Walters, General Manager, Community Food Sharing Association, (709) 682-5558

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