Maple Leaf Community Fund: Local Roots, Global Impact

Mar. 14, 2017

Maple LeafMaple Leaf Foods is a national corporation with local roots. The company’s rich history traces back over 100 years through the amalgamation of some of Canada’s most notable food companies. Throughout this history, Maple Leaf Foods has always been a champion for food security. Through their fund at London Community Foundation, The Maple Leaf Community Fund supports capital needs of food security programs that promote dignity and build individual and community capacity. Over the years, Maple Leaf Foods has supported numerous programs that work towards increasing food security in the London and Middlesex regions such as Investing in Children, Growing Chefs, Oxford County Nutrition Partnership, and Youth Opportunities Unlimited, to name a few.

When we learned about the plant closure in Thamesford, Ontario, we were deeply saddened as we understand the impact this will have on the families affected and the entire community. Despite this, the legacy of Maple Leaf’s local Thamesford plant will continue to give back to the community through the Maple Leaf Community Fund at London Community Foundation. By starting a corporate fund, this allows Maple Leaf Foods to not only make an impact today, but also continue their legacy of giving for years to come. The permanency of the fund ensures that Maple Leaf’s values of ensuring a food secure community will continue far into the future.

Maple Leaf’s impact on food security doesn’t stop there. The Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security is an exciting new initiative that aims to tackle food insecurity on a local and global scale. The Centre is working with innovative food-based programs that advance the capacity of people and communities to achieve sustainable food security and potential to build scale and impact.

The Centre supports the extraordinary work of many Canadians who are bringing innovation, research and community engagement to advancing progress and social justice,” said Sarah Stern, Leader of the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security.  “We are passionate about breaking the silence and stigma associated with food insecurity, advancing sustainable solutions and advocating for important public policy changes,” she added.

Another great example of how Maple Leaf’s work on food security is a strategic fit with the work the Foundation is doing with its Food Policy Council. London Community Foundation commends the work Maple Leaf Foods is doing in the area of food security. The Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security is certainly a game-changer and will no doubt be a driver of true systems change.

To learn more about the Maple Leaf Community Fund - or to apply to their grant- click here.
To learn more about starting a corporate fund, contact: Diane Silva, Director of Philanthropy (519-667-1600 ext. 207)