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.
What We’ve Done Highlights
- With our grocery supply chain interrupted, we have been purchasing food, sometimes at higher prices, to meet increased demand.
- We formed new partnerships with MB Chicken Producers and MB Egg Farmers, who have generously agreed to provide regular supplies of these two proteins.
- We have also been working to source food from closed restaurants and other local businesses to obtain the food we need while supporting our local economy.
- We have also established a no-contact drive-through distribution model at our Warehouse so that local partner agencies can safely pick up food and get it to the people who need it.
- We have recruited and trained emergency volunteers to our Warehouse Team to maintain this record level of distribution.
- With help from the City of Winnipeg employees, we were also able to add new shifts / more stations to pack additional Emergency Food Hampers while respecting social distancing and other guidelines.
- We welcomed the news about Government of Canada financial support through Food Banks Canada and reached out to the provincial government for additional financial support for hunger relief.
- As some of our agencies have been forced to close because of their location in schools, daycares, or churches, we have worked to re-establish food banks in alternate neighbourhood locations.
How You can Be a Harvest Hero.
Giving Tuesday organizers are launching #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity on May 5. We are urging you and other members of our Harvest community to donate in whatever way you can. Below are ways that you can help. Thank you again – your support makes a huge difference to our community.
- Donate money.We don’t know how long this crisis will last and we expect it to get worse before it gets better. Every dollar you give will feed a hungry neighbour – children, families and at-risk older adults.
- Donate time. We need of healthy individuals to help us sort and package food for people in need. Visit our Emergency Volunteers page to sign up.
- Fill our bins at your local grocery store.
- Share our message and tag #wpgharvest and #winnipegharvest
If you, or anyone you know, Needs Food please direct them to us so that we can help.