Farm Boy and Empire Company Limited generously respond to the need in Ottawa after the storm

Generous donation to Ottawa Food Bank following tornadoes in the nation’s capital

(Ottawa) Empire Company Limited and Farm Boy wasted no time connecting with the Ottawa Food Bank to offer support after the impact of the tornadoes that touched down in the nation’s capital became clear.

Farm Boy is partnering with Empire’s Sobeys, FreshCo and Foodland stores to donate $50,000 to the food bank to help in their emergency food relief efforts across the city, predominantly in the west end of Ottawa.

“We are thrilled to receive this incredible support from Farm Boy and the Sobeys, FreshCo and Foodland stores in Ontario. It will allow the Ottawa Food Bank to continue to respond to communities affected by the power outages,” said Michael Maidment, CEO of the Ottawa Food Bank. “We expect to deliver a typical month’s worth of food in the next few days as we work to replace what has spoiled in our client’s homes and at 11 affected community food banks throughout the west end”.

The Ottawa Food Bank is currently working to restock supplies in community food banks as well as providing support to Ottawa Community Housing buildings and communities they don’t usually reach, as many of these residences are vulnerable and left in need of support.

“Our hearts are with all of the families in our community experiencing the devastating effects of the storm. We recognize the exceptional work being done by many to help recover and rebuild, including the Ottawa Food Bank who are working hard to ensure that food and supplies are reaching those in need. We are grateful for their efforts and are pleased to offer this contribution on behalf of everyone at Farm Boy,” said Donny Milito, Senior Vice-President, Retail Operations & Product Development.

“Our Sobeys, FreshCo and Foodland stores in Ontario, in partnership with the team at Farm Boy, wanted to do our part to make sure families don’t have to worry about food, water or other necessities in the aftermath of this storm,” said Michael Medline, President and CEO of Empire Company Limited.



For more information or to request an interview please contact:
Samantha Ingram
Communication Coordinator, Ottawa Food Bank


About the Ottawa Food Bank

The Ottawa Food Bank is the main emergency food provider in the National Capital Region. Through a network of 112 community food programs, the Ottawa Food Bank provides food for over 38,400 people per month – 35 per cent of whom are children. Thanks to the community’s support, on average 12 to 14 tons of food is distributed from their Michael Street warehouse every weekday. For more information regarding the Ottawa Food Bank and how you can help provide healthy, accessible, sustainable food for all, please visit

About Empire

Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A) is a Canadian company headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Empire’s key businesses are food retailing and related real estate. With approximately $24.4 billion in annualized sales and $8.7 billion in assets, Empire and its subsidiaries, franchisees and affiliates employ approximately 120,000 people. Additional financial information relating to Empire, including the Company’s Annual Information Form, can be found on the Company’s website at or on SEDAR at

About Farm Boy

Eastern Ontario based Farm Boy provides a unique and friendly, fresh-market shopping experience featuring their signature farm-fresh produce, locally sourced foods, popular store brands and wholesome fresh prepared meals. With legions of loyal customers, Farm Boy has grown from a small produce stand starting in Cornwall in 1981 to 26 stores located across Ontario with further expansion plans underway.


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