Sobeys, Safeway and IGA Goes Above And Beyond To Fight Hunger

31/01/2019

(Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jan 30th, 2019) – With the focus of providing nutritious meals to Manitoba’s families and their commitment to supporting local communities, today Sobeys Inc. presented a donation of $122,787.12 in support of Harvest raised during their ‘Joy of Giving’ campaign.

Sobeys, Safeway and IGA Goes Above And Beyond To Fight Hunger

Winnipeg Harvest is humbled to accept this donation on behalf of the 64,000 hungry individuals we serve across the province and thank all of the staff, volunteers, and customers who donated food, time and dollars at the many Sobeys locations in the past months. We are thrilled to be able to use this donation towards continuing to make emergency food accessible for those in need.

“We want to recognize and thank all of the incredible staff at Sobeys, Safeway and IGA who really went out of their way each and every day to ask customers for their support”, says Keren Taylor-Hughes, CEO of Winnipeg Harvest. “We really wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without their continued commitment and consistency at the registers, selling hampers and taking donations throughout the holidays, thank you to those who worked so hard for us, and to everyone who showed their support”.

This year’s holiday campaign saw everyone getting into the holiday spirit by raising a record-setting $2.7 million in food and funds across Canada. This jaw-dropping total was raised through both the check-stands in-store, as well as the Food Hamper Program which was launched in November 2018. Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund also generously committed to matching each donation up to $250,000.00 on December 1st across the country. Each month over 850,000 people turn to food banks for help. More than one-third of those are children and youth. Sobeys continues to offer support in this fight with their several holiday initiatives during the holiday months, and their great work happening across Canada.   

“The enthusiasm, compassion, and generosity of our customers and employees made the 2018 Holiday Season campaign an overwhelming, record-breaking success,” said Renée Hopfner, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility. “This  campaign is a terrific example of what’s possible when we come together in support of a cause so close to our business – ensuring more families access healthy food when they need it most.”

Winnipeg Harvest is a not for profit charitable organization committed to providing food to people who struggle within the cycle of poverty and continues to work to reduce hunger while continuing to maximize public awareness. For more information on how you can donate food, time or funds, please visit www.winnipegharvest.org.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa-Marie Carlson
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Winnipeg Harvest
204-982-3584

Keren Taylor-Hughes
CEO
Winnipeg Harvest
204-982-3668