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Edmonton fabric distributor donates masks to food banks across Canada

Food Banks Canada receives 3.5 million medical grade face masks from Ennis Fabrics.
Food bank workers receive shipment of medical grade face masks from Ennis Fabrics. Photo: Food Banks Canada

EDMONTON - At a time when so many families and businesses are struggling, it's heartening to see one company reach out to help. Ennis Fabrics, a homegrown Edmonton business and international distributor of globally sourced textiles and supplies, has donated 3.5 million medical-grade face masks to Food Banks Canada--a way to help those on the front line who are helping fellow Canadians stay safe. 

The masks will be distributed to Food Banks Canada’s network of over 500 local food banks, helping employees, volunteers, and their communities keep safe and protected against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

"Our job is to serve our communities from coast to coast to coast, assisting those in need. This generous donation from Ennis Fabrics will help us continue to be there for Canadians experiencing food insecurity," said Chris Hatch, CEO of Food Banks Canada. "Food bank employees and volunteers need such PPE equipment to allow them to continue serving their communities safely and securely."

Jim Ennis, CEO of Ennis Fabrics, said the company is happy to help front line workers, especially since Ennis Fabrics has been able to continue working during the pandemic, supplying hospitals and others in the health care industry with things like medical gowns and shoe covers, curtains and mattress covers. 

"It's a pleasure to help Food Banks Canada with the meaningful work they do to help individuals and families across the country. We're excited to continue to help out communities in any way possible," said Ennis.

Ennis Fabrics marketing manager Craig Moriyama said the company is also donating a half million more masks overseas to Humanity First, a charity which provides relief to disadvantaged communities within Canada and around the world. 

"Like businesses and families, charities have been hurting during the pandemic too. We're glad to share our inventory," he said.

Founded in 1972, Ennis Fabrics now has over 9,000 products--including home decor, marine, awning and industrial fabrics--distributed throughout North America and globally from centres in Toronto, Vancouver, Indianapolis and Ningbo, China. 

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