Winnipeg Harvest has remained dedicated to its mission of fighting hunger and feeding hope since 1984. Thanks to the generosity of donors, volunteers, and non-profit agencies, we provide more than 11 million pounds of nutritious food and grocery items to Manitobans every year. Through targeted programs, we also provide milk for pregnant and nursing mothers, baby formula and baby food for infants, and healthy foods for weekday meal programs to support at-risk children in daycares and schools.
Weekend Food for Hungry Kids
For many kids, leaving school on Friday means a weekend of friends, playing sports and participating in other fun activities. For many others, it means two days of worrying about when or if they will eat, and returning to school hungry. To address this need, Winnipeg Harvest has partnered with Family Nurse Practitioner Parusia Purohit and the Breakfast Club of Canada to launch our newest program – Breakfast2Go. Our objective is to bridge the weekend food gap by providing nutritious foods to vulnerable kids on the weekend.
How can you help?
The United Nations has set a goal for all countries to work towards zero hunger, good health and well-being for all children. Here at home, Manitoba has the second highest food insecure rate in Canada, and your support has helped us to fight hunger for thousands of families each year.
Now with the Breakfast2Go Program, you can help us fight hunger and reduce symptoms of chronic under-nutrition for at-risk school kids while helping to improve their learning, development and growth. Every child deserves to focus on learning how to tie their shoes and how to read, instead of on their grumbling stomachs and thoughts of when they will eat again.
The success of the Mulvey School Breakfast2Go Program will also enable us to launch additional programs across the province in the coming years.
Why is this important?
Research shows school-aged children who lack proper nutrition are sick more often, require more hospitalizations, and are at risk in three critical areas:
1. An ability to learn as much, as fast or as well resulting in lower educational achievement.
2. Early development of Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
3. Reduced mental and psycho-social well-being.
Expected Benefits for Kids & Families
- Decrease in sick days taken
- Increase in health and wellness, leading to increased ability to focus and better test scores
- Increase in student self-esteem and self-image
- Education about healthier food choices