Toews supports local foodbanks

On July 11, Toews met with the heads of all five foodbanks in the region in New Bothwell where he presented them with a donation to their organizations. (l-r) Vern Froese, Chicken Farmers of Canada,  Jake Wiebe, Manitoba Chicken Producers, Ivan Balenovic, Bothwell Cheese, Vic Toews MP for Provencher, Hank Klassen, SE Helping Hands, Bev Simard, Lac du Bonnet and area Food Bank, Pat Rempel, Red River Valley Food Bank and Iris Swiderski, Lorette Food Bank.


By Marianne Curtis

A chicken sandwich recipe originating from Provencher has helped fund five food banks in the region after a recent contest held in Ottawa.

Provencher MP Vic Toews participated in the Everyone Wins with Canadian Chicken contest, held live on CTV Morning Live in Ottawa. During the broadcast, Toews’ “Provencher” Pesto-Chicken Philly-melt recipe was awarded 1st place. The award also came with a $10,000 donation to be divided among the food banks in his riding.

“This contest has done a wonderful job of raising the profile of local food banks during what is often a slow time for donations,” said Toews. “I am honoured that my Provencher Pesto Chicken Philly-Melt was judged to be the best of the recipes submitted by Members of Parliament from across Canada and I urge Canadians to consider making a donation to their local food bank.”

The $10,000 prize was divided between the five food banks throughout Provencher on a per capita basis, based on the size of the area that each of the food banks service. Cheques were presented to Southeast Helping Hands who received $5,050 and Lorette Food Bank received $1262.50. Food banks in Morris, Springfield and Lac du Bonnet will also received $1,282.50 each.

The Everyone Wins with Canadian Chicken contest was organized by the Chicken Farmers of Canada, Maple Leaf, Food Banks Canada and the Hill Times. The contest received 72 entries from Members of Parliament from ridings across Canada, all of whom were competing for a donation to their local food banks and the chance for their recipe to be served at the 20th Annual Great Canadian Chicken BBQ in Ottawa on July 1st

The 72 recipes submitted by the MP’s will be compiled in a digital cookbook and made available at and

Toews’ winning entry includes a home-grown featured ingredient, 2 year old Bothwell cheddar. Bothwell Cheese has been manufacturing a wide variety of cheeses since 1936 using only the freshest locally-produced milk.


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