Winnipeg Harvest Gearing Up for Busy Holiday Season

Shaw representatives Rachel, Judy, Travis, the Shaw Bear, Dave and Lynn collect food for Winnipeg Harvest on Saturday, November 5, 2010 at the St. Vital Centre Safeway location. Shaw's "Together is Amazing" campaign is filling food banks across the country in partnership with Campbell Canada. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Representatives from Shaw gathered Saturday at the St. Vital Centre Safeway in an effort to encourage donations to Winnipeg Harvest.

The telecommunications company is in the middle of its Together is Amazing campaign, which is benefiting local food banks across the country in partnership with Campbell Canada.

Winnipeg Harvest is gearing up for a busy holiday season and needs all the donations they can leverage at this time of year.

Donations can be made at any Safeway location, or at Winnipeg Harvest itself, at 1085 Winnipeg Avenue. Items that can’t be dropped off can be picked up by calling (204) 982-3676.

On Saturday, a total of 286 lbs of food was collected.

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On Wednesday, Winnipeg Harvest will host its annual Empty Bowl Celebrity Auction at the Delta Winnipeg.

This year, 53 bowls are up for grabs, including works of Elizabeth Taylor, Justin Bieber, Jonathan Toews and Yoko Ono, to name a few.

The gala event is part of Harvest’s ‘Empty Bowls’ program, which includes Empty Bowls in the Schools and the Empty Bowls Soup-er Lunch, which besides raising funds for Winnipeg Harvest, also creates awareness of the issues of hunger and poverty in Manitoba through art.

The gala begins at 5:30 p.m. and proceeds will benefit Winnipeg Harvest’s programs that feed children.

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Winnipeg Harvest is also looking forward to the 7th annual Singing for Supper benefit concert on Saturday, November 27. The evening of song and celebration will feature Christmas music from Tom Jackson, Pear and Shannon Gaye.

Tickets are $25 at Ticketmaster or $30 at the door. All proceeds will go to support Winnipeg Harvest, with food donations also being accepted.

Showtime is 7 p.m. at Westminster United Church. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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