More than 250 members of the Chicken Farmers of Ontario marketing board contributed more than 175,000 kilograms of chicken to food banks last year.
The board is urging members to top that total this year.
It offers an additional 700 kilograms of production rights per year for those who donate to the program.
The marketing board arranges for revenue from processors to be directed to the Ontario Association of Food Banks, or to a local food bank of the grower’s choice.
They receive a charitable-donation tax receipt the following year.
Other marketing boards, including those for milk, pork and eggs, also run food-bank donation programs.