Mar. 26 – A Model That Works For Us


A Model That Works For Us

In the past few weeks, I’ve attended several meetings focused on food banks across Canada. It’s been fascinating hearing what variations of food bank models have seen success in different parts of the country—knowing how others have achieved success is always good information to have. I also learned a great deal about some of the struggles my counterparts deal with as a result of the way their food bank program runs.

The model we use in Manitoba has been very successful for us. Winnipeg Harvest collects food donations from a variety of sources including retailers, grocery stores and local food drives. Once we collect the food, we sort and package is based on the orders sent in by our agencies and either get it ready to be picked up or deliver it ourselves. Six days a week, our warehouse is abuzz with the work of organizing, coordinating and distributing these orders to food banks, soup kitchens and other meal programs.

This system informs us how much food is needed and where it needs to go. Our system works with hub site around the province as local distribution depots to provide food for them to share with their neighbouring food banks. Winnipeg Harvest has a small emergency food bank on site, but we do not run any other food banks directly. We recognize the importance of communities supporting their neighbours when they need a hand. The food banking world may not be perfect, but Manitoba boasts one of the most successful programs across the country and I am proud to be a part of it.

I also had the chance to meet several Walmart store employees as they roll out the Fight Hunger, Spark Change campaign. As we know well at Winnipeg Harvest, Manitobans are known for their spirit of generosity, and Walmart is offering another opportunity to show it off.

From April 5 to May 2, all Walmarts in Winnipeg for will be offering customers the chance to round up their total to the nearest dollar and donating those round-ups to Winnipeg Harvest. We are hoping this year we continue to lead the country in donations. Thank you Walmart Canada and Manitobans!

– Keren