2020 July – A New Kind of Hero Emerges

In pre-COVID times, heroes traditionally wore uniforms of some sort: firefighters, athletes, doctors, nurses etc.

Currently and during COVID, we began to recognize a different type of hero. The ones who make our lives possible. The essential workers who instead of staying safe at home did the selfless thing, the essential-services thing, without expectations of fanfare or reward. Those who continued to serve Manitobans during a very, difficult time. They wore no capes. Yet, they stood tall, like sentinels guarding our health and our way of life: retail staff, gas attendants, teachers, and countless others.

Today, I would like to shine a light on the Harvest CREW, volunteers and other people in our food bank network across the province in churches, community centres, shelters, and soup kitchens, who put themselves in harm’s way to serve those in need. Please read more…

2020 June – Feeding our neighbours during Manitoba’s re-opening

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Dear Harvest Friends,

When COVID-19 struck, the Government of Manitoba declared Winnipeg Harvest and its provincial network of 300+ food banks and partner agencies an essential service. This enabled us to stay open and feed Manitoba’s most vulnerable.

We developed an operational response plan to keep food flowing safely across the province during a time of even greater need. Despite facing staff, volunteer, and food shortages, we were able to adapt and implement sweeping changes that led to packaging 1,000 Emergency Food Hampers a day, in our new safe-distancing warehouse assembly line. Thanks to you, our Harvest Heroes, who donated food, time and money, our impact was considerable, and we are grateful.

In this issue, we will update you on operations, and share several amazing community-driven initiatives to raise food and funds for Harvest! Please read more…

2020 May – Thank you, Harvest Heroes!

Dear Harvest Friends,

You are our silver lining. Even though COVID-19 has taken so much from us, we came together as one province to feed hungry Manitobans. Our Harvest community of heroes grew this month by leaps and bounds with donations of food, time and money. There were so many extraordinary acts of kindness that our hearts are bursting with admiration.

In this issue, we want to provide you with a brief update on our collective efforts, and celebrate the impact that has been made toward our goal of ensuring no Manitoban goes hungry during this crisis and beyond. Read more…

Operations Update

As our province responds to this unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, our provincial food network remains open to serve you and anyone else who needs emergency food support.

In March, we projected a 30% increase in emergency food support based on call volumes to our Emergency Food Line.  This has now been confirmed.   We served 4,700 new clients, 27% more adults and 28% more children.  A phone poll with our provincial network also revealed that we are seeing an increased need for food support from existing clients as well.  We distributed more food than any other month in our 35-year history. READ MORE…