National Hog Farmer

Bob Evans Farms Pledges $10,000 to Support Charitable Efforts Around the Human-Animal Bond

COLUMBUS, OHIO (September 12, 2011) – Bob Evans Farms has pledged $10,000 to the Animals for Life Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization working to educate the public about the value animals bring to human life and the care people give their animals.

“Animals are an important part of our lives in many ways, for many reasons, for many purposes,” said Mike Townsley, President of Bob Evans’ Food Products Division. “We support a common sense discussion on the human-animal bond where animals receive quality care regardless of their ultimate purpose.”

The Animals for Life Foundation was founded in 2009, and in its first two years, it has supported programs including two therapy dog programs: one for elementary school children and one for children with autism, a farm animal handling program for first responders, a Season’s Harvest event in Medina County that benefits the local animal shelter and an animal behavior, welfare and husbandry career event sponsored by Ohio FFA.

“Bob Evans remains true to its farm heritage while staying in touch with contemporary issues in food and agriculture,” said David White, Executive Director of the Foundation. “We are grateful that they have set the bar high for other stakeholders to get behind the discussion on animal use and care.”

The Animals for Life Foundation celebrates a philosophy that embraces the proper care of animals in their diverse roles and uses in human life. The Foundation’s signature campaign, “Life Just Wouldn’t be Complete Without Animals,” celebrates the human-animal bond and is working to increase public acceptance and understanding of human-animal interdependency. The campaign looks at how people benefit from animals through companionship, assistance for people with mobility and emotional needs, humane medical research, and a source of energy and protein through meat, milk and eggs, as well as the importance to provide proper animal care.