Winnipeg Harvest in Need of Supplies

The shelves sit empty at Winnipeg Harvest. (HANDOUT)

Winnipeg Harvest is in desperate need of supplies to keep up with the demand of feeding more than 55,000 Manitobans a month.

The food bank said Monday the more than 166 pounds of food it received as a donation through the Operation Donation School Food Drive has already been distributed to families in need.

“At this time, however, we are in urgent need of nutritious, high-protein items in order to meet the need in our community,” said executive director David Northcott.

Non-perishable items such as canned fish and poultry are needed, as well as canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, whole grain pasta, rice, canned spaghetti sauce or tomatoes, non-sugary cereal, canned soup, and canned stew, chili and brown beans. Milk, break, potatoes, baby food and infant formula are currently not needed.

Donations can be made at Winnipeg Harvest, 1085 Winnipeg Avenue, or at any Safeway, Sobeys, Superstore, Costco or Extra Foods location. Peak of the Market and Canada Safeway will match pound for pound the weight of all donations.

Cash donations are also accepted and help Harvest distribute $20 worth of groceries for every $1. To donate, call (204) 982-3581.