Fresh Fruit Supply Grows For Hospital Food Insecurity Program
ADAMA announced a donation to Niagara Orchard & Vineyard Corp (NOVC) and McMaster Children’s Hospital that was used to deliver fresh fruit to patients’ families who experience food insecurity as part of Hamilton Health Sciences’ Food Pantry program. The $10,000 donation is part of ADAMA’s All In On Your Stomping Grounds program, a new initiative to help fund community projects across the country.
NOVC delivered fruit to both McMaster Children’s Hospital and Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre. Each hospital received 15 cases of peaches, five cases of plums and five cases nectarines per week. As the harvest continued, fruit changed to seasonal grapes and pears.
“When a family is already dealing with the stress and heaviness of their child being in the hospital, they shouldn’t have to think about where their next meal is coming from on top of it all,” said McMaster Children's Hospital. “We see the difference the Food Pantry program makes on patients and their families every day — this donation from ADAMA and NOVC will mean these families will have one less thing to worry about during their time at the hospital.”
“The Food Pantry program is clearly an important cause, but it hits close to home for us because of the industry we serve,” said Karin Younghans, the Regional Sales Manager for Eastern Canada. “We’re in the business of feeding people, and everything we do comes back to that. We hope to continue supporting initiatives like this so we can do our part in reducing food insecurity for Canadians everywhere.”
ADAMA Canada has been supplying the Canadian agricultural community with crop protection products for more than a decade. We offer an innovative approach to ag and proactively seek opportunities to listen to what our customers, experts and colleagues have to say, taking their inputs and learning from their experience. We combine these insights with our expertise and respond with new products, solutions, services, tailored commercial policies, or information that is relevant to them. We are passionate about agriculture and approach what we do as much more than just a job. Our straightforward, get-it-done attitude helps us stay focused on what we care about most: helping our customers create more sustainable, profitable businesses. ADAMA is the seventh largest crop protection company globally with sales in 100 countries and has the largest portfolio of any company with over 270 active ingredients.
About Niagara Orchard & Vineyard Corp
Niagara Orchard & Vineyard Corp is the amalgamation of three independent grower-shipper and crop input groups. The parent company, Niagara Grape, was established in 1926 by a group of local grape growers and maintained by various owners until purchased in 1988 by Arnie Lepp. In 2004 the company size increased significantly from one location to three, with the purchase of Louth & Niagara Orchards — an alliance of itself and Produce Link — owned and operated by Joe Dutchyn. The purchase resulted in a company with over 200 years of combined industry experience among key management and staff.