Cooper Farms, Legislators Donate to Ohio Foodbanks

Cooper Farms, Legislators Present Over 5,000 LB. Meat Donation to Ohio Association of Foodbanks:

FORT RECOVERY, OHIO—Cooper Farms celebrated the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday Friday as they hosted legislators from Ohio and Indiana. Gary Cooper shared updates about the growth of the poultry and pork farm with the legislators and took them on a tour of turkey farms. Following the tours Cooper Farms presented a donation of 5,258 lbs. of meat, on behalf of the legislators, to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

Cooper Farms and the Cooper family have always made a point to give back to their communities. The company donated over 190,000 lbs. of meat to non-profit organizations in 2014.

“We are fortunate to be the able to produce the protein that is at the center of the table for this holiday,” said Gary Cooper. “In the spirit of Thanksgiving we see this as an opportunity to provide others with something that will maybe make their holiday just a little more bright.”

Cooper Farms and the Cooper family have always made a point to give back to their communities. The company regularly contributes to local non-profit organizations both monetarily and through meat donations. Friday’s donation will stay mostly in the western Ohio area.

“This generous donation from Cooper Farms is an incredible testament to the vital role our local farmers, growers and producers play in making sure everyone has access to nutritious food,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. “By donating this nutritious, protein-packed turkey, Cooper Farms has given not just food, but also hope, to families who are struggling in their community. We can’t say thank you enough for their leadership and generosity.”

While the legislators were visiting they had the opportunity to learn more about turkey farming and visit two barns. Because of recent illnesses across the country, animal health is a top priority, so viewing rooms built on barns allowed the legislators to see the animals and the entire barn through glass windows, ensuring better bird health.

“It’s great being able to show our legislators and their staff what a turkey farm actually looks like and what we do on a daily basis,” said Cooper. “Today, only 3 percent of people have any connection to farming, so the more we can share our story with others, the better. And what better time than Thanksgiving, when turkeys are at the top of everyone’s mind.”

About Cooper Farms:
Growing healthy live turkeys, chickens, egg layers and hogs and producing great food products has been a tradition for the Cooper family of northwest Ohio for three generations. Founded in 1938 by Virgil and Virginia Cooper, Cooper Farms is still family owned and operated. Today, with the help of our team members, Cooper Farms is a leading food supplier, selling a variety of delicious fully cooked and ready-to-cook turkey, ham and chicken products to customers throughout North America. Visit www.cooperfarms.com or www.facebook.com/cooperfarms for more information.

About the Ohio Association of Foodbanks:
The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger, representing Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks and 3,300 member charities including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. In SFY 2015, the association and its member foodbanks were able to acquire and distribute over 197 million pounds of food and grocery items. The association also serves as the home of The Ohio Benefit Bank and operates the state’s largest navigator program for the Affordable Care Act. Follow the association on Twitter, stay connected on Facebook and visit them on the web at www.ohiofoodbanks.org.

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