Canada Royal Milk donates 5,000 cans of infant formula to local support agencies

Chenggang Han, General Manager of Canada Royal Milk, presents Antje McNeely, Board Chair for the United Way of KFL&A, with a can of infant formula from Canada Royal Milk’s inaugural batch of the formula after receiving approval to produce infant formula through Health Canada in March 2024. Photo by Michelle Dorey Forestell/Kingstonist.

Local service and support agencies will have far less strain in the supply of nourishment for the youngest members of our community over the coming months, thanks to a recent donation.

On the morning of Thursday, May 9, 2024, representatives from a variety of such agencies and members of the media had the chance to tour inside a local factory that few in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) region have seen. The agency representatives and press joined representatives from the United Way of KFL&A at Canada Royal Milk’s 320,000 square-foot facility where milk powder products are manufactured. All in attendance were there for an announcement from the United Way and Canada Royal Milk, the latter of which recently received Health Canada approval for the production of infant formula for the Canadian market.

According to Canada Royal Milk, meeting the infant formula needs of Canadian parents has been the company’s number one priority since breaking ground here in Kingston in 2019. After an 18-month process, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (a division of Health Canada) approved the company for the production of infant formula – something there has been a high demand for following devastating formula shortages in Canada in 2022 and 2023.

Chenggang Han, General Manager of Canada Royal Milk, announced the donation, which is to be shared with eight local organizations and will help more than 275 families with newborns in the Kingston area, according to the company.

“The United Way has an immediate and lasting impact on the community of Kingston. It ensures that thousands of local residents have the support, resources, and programs they need to be self-sufficient,” Han said.

“We are pleased to donate our inaugural batch of infant formula to community partners and make good on our commitment to support the health and nourishment of families across Canada.”

According to the United Way, the 5,000 donated cans of formula have a commercial value of $200,000, and will provide families with a three- to four-month supply.

“Thank you so much to Canada Royal Milk for this very generous donation. We know through conversations with our agencies that many individuals in our community are struggling to make ends meet, and this can be particularly challenging for new parents” said Antje McNeely, Board Chair for the United Way of KFL&A.

“This donation will go a long way in easing some of that burden and helping individuals and families right here in KFL&A.”

Representatives of local service and support agencies, the United Way of KFL&A, and Canada Royal Milk came together on Thursday, May 9, 2024, for the announcement that Canada Royal Milk would be donating infant formula to help agencies serving families in need through the United Way. Photo by Michelle Dorey Forestell/Kingstonist.

According to the United Way, the donated infant formula will go to:

  • Family and Children’s Services for Frontenac, Lennox and Addington
  • Kingston Home Base Housing
  • Kingston Interval House
  • Kingston Native Centre and Language Nest
  • Partners in Mission Food Bank
  • Queen’s University Alma Mater Society
  • Salvation Army Kingston Community and Family Services
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society

With files from Michelle Dorey Forestell.

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