Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba is an example of how one organization can impact generations of Manitobans.

Twenty-seven years ago, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba had a vision to help feed hungry families in the community by donating milk for food banks across the province.

Like every family, each member has a role to play. Manitoba dairy farmers produce milk of the highest quality and donate it for families in need. Bulk milk hauling companies transport the milk from farms to processing plants at no charge, and processors process and package the milk and cheese as a donation, too.

“Manitoba dairy farm families are committed to giving back to the community they live and work in – and we feel privileged to partner with Winnipeg Harvest to help families in need,” David Wiens, chair, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, says.

These partners remain committed to help feed their neighbours and change lives. Winnipeg Harvest thanks them on behalf of all community members who receive their milk and cheese.

Natural Bakery

Since they began donating fresh bread and pastries to Winnipeg Harvest in 2003, Natural Bakery has donated an astonishing 6.5 million pounds of bread to help feed Manitoba’s hungry.

Rennie Balciunas is the fourth generation of Natural Bakery leaders after his great-grandfather opened the bakery in 1957.

“We didn’t have to look very far in our own neighbourhood to see people looking for food in places they probably shouldn’t be,” he says.

Each day, Natural Bakery bakes around 500 loaves of bread specifically for Winnipeg Harvest, in addition to donating any surplus.

Air Canada

For more than 20 years, volunteers from Air Canada have been coming to Winnipeg Harvest every month to lend a helping hand.

In fact, they’ve been doing it for so long, our records don’t go back far enough to find out when they actually started.

“When I send out the reminder email, the responses are always of excitement,” says Karen Gladu, the volunteer group coordinator from Air Canada.

“It doesn’t matter if we’re stamping envelopes or sorting produce, all of us know that we’re making an impact as part of what Winnipeg Harvest does.”

In addition to their monthly visits, the Air Canada volunteers have also worked as game-day volunteers at Winnipeg Jets, Manitoba Moose and Winnipeg Blue Bombers games.

Manitoba Chiropractors Association

In their first of a three-year partnership with Winnipeg Harvest, the Manitoba Chiropractors Association (MCA) has already made a difference in the way Manitobans view their health.

MCA has generously donated their time to Winnipeg Harvest, providing a session about back health and proper lifting techniques, cross-promoting Winnipeg Harvest events and raising 946 lbs. of food with their recent food drive.

We were honoured to have MCA as our presenting sponsor for the 2019 Lee Newton Memorial Golf Tournament, and look forward to the impact this partnership will have on the Winnipeg Harvest Community.

Sobeys/Safeway/IGA/FreshCo

Safeway and Sobeys have been involved with Winnipeg Harvest for almost as long as we’ve been open. They’ve donated millions of pounds of food, and even made their own collection bins for donations.

Safeway was our first corporate sponsor for our “Share your Thanks” food drive, helping provide food to hungry Manitobans for Thanksgiving.

Over the years, all of the Sobeys banners have shown great support for Winnipeg Harvest, volunteering in large groups, and supporting many of our signature events.

Thank you for all your hard work.

Check back every six weeks for a new story about one of our generous partners.
If your corporation is interested in getting involved, please contact colleen.mcvarish@winnipegharvest.org.