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Canadian Dairy, Poultry and Egg Sectors Rally to Support Restaurants with #TakeoutDay


Canada Takeout Day encourages Canadians to support restaurants however they can

OTTAWA, April 16, 2020 – Canada’s dairy, poultry and egg farmers have joined forces to support local restaurants across the country through the Canada Takeout campaign. The movement, which officially launched April 15, encourages Canadians to order from their favourite local restaurants that offer takeout or delivery on #TakeoutDay.

With more than 800,000 foodservice jobs already lost nationwide due to COVID-19 and nearly 10 per cent of restaurants already closed permanently, the dairy, egg and poultry sectors are adding their voice to the Canada Takeout campaign.

“Farmers are rooted in their communities and know the absolute importance of rallying around their partners and supporting each other,” says Roger Pelissero, Chair of Egg Farmers of Canada. “We encourage Canadians to take part in this united show of support for Canadian restaurants and the thousands of Canadians employed by the sector. From ordering takeout or delivery from a local restaurant, to offering an online review or support on social media—every gesture counts.”

Together, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Chicken Farmers of Canada, Egg Farmers of Canada, Turkey Farmers of Canada and Canadian Hatching Egg Producers are working with Restaurants Canada to support their network as we navigate this extremely difficult time together.

“Canadian restaurants have been hit hard by the impacts of COVID-19, with nearly two thirds of the workforce now lost,” says Shanna Munro, Restaurants Canada President and CEO. “The outpouring of support from our industry partners has been incredible and we welcome and appreciate the help from Canadian dairy, poultry and egg farmers to aid restaurants that are still able to operate through takeout or delivery.”

Ordering food whenever possible and posting on social media using the hashtag #TakeoutDay are some of the ways Canadians can help contribute to restaurants. They are also encouraged to engage with their favourite restaurants online: leave positive reviews, follow their social media channels, and like/share their posts. Every little bit helps make a difference!

Canada’s robust and diverse culinary scene is an integral part of our national identity. Find out where to order here, and visit CanadaTakeout.com for more information on how Canadians can support their local restaurants.

About Egg Farmers of Canada

Now in its fifth decade as one of Canada’s leading agriculture organizations, Egg Farmers of Canada manages the national egg supply and promotes egg consumption while representing the interests of regulated egg producers from coast to coast. Visit eggfarmers.ca for more information.