Pork producers make 6th donation to food bank
For the sixth year in a row, pork producers in the Estrie region have made a substantial donation of meat to Moisson Estrie.
2015, the price of groceries escalated for Quebec consumers. This increase had a direct effect on the ability of less privileged people in the population to eat pork. “For the pork producers of the Estrie, it is important to associate with Moisson Estrie to offer everyone in the population the opportunity to eat meat. We are aware that the needs of meat at Moisson Estrie are there all year long,” commented Jocelyn St-Laurent, the president of the Eleveurs de porcs de l’Estrie.
of the Eleveurs de porcs de l’Estrie offered the meat of four pigs, about 8000 portions of meat valued at roughly $2,000, to Moisson Estrie. The work of preparing the meat was done free of charge by the Boucherie Coutu et freres of Bonsecours.
month of March has special meaning for the meat donation to Moisson Estrie because it is the month of Nutrition. The pork producers of Quebec try daily to offer a superior quality of meat to consumers daily. Quebec pork has been 30 % leaner for twenty-five years, and for some cuts this reduction is even greater.
Eleveurs de porcs de l’Estrie is made up of 130 enterprises in the Estrie. The organization is part of the Eleveurs de porcs du Quebec and is affiliated with the Federation de l’UPA de l’Estrie. The Eleveurs de porcs du Quebec are proud to be the only pork production organization in the world to have participated in the project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, depositing a report on social responsibility that targeted their production practices as well as their socio-economic commitments.
Estrie provides food to about thirty food banks and other organizations all over the Estrie besides offering accompaniment and work integration services.
Seen here donating the pork to Moisson Estrie are (l. to r.): Francis Coutu, Jocelyn St-Laurent, Genevieve Coté (director of Moisson Estrie), and Louis Coutu.