Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz is asking Winnipeggers to remember those who are hungry this summer.
“This is a chance to make a real difference for hungry families in our community,” said Mayor Katz. “Winnipeggers are known for their generosity, and by working together, we can make sure that all of our citizens have access to nutritious food all summer long.”
Summer is typically when food bank supplies reach an all-year low. So, the city is placing food drive collection bins at 44 community centres and four arenas throughout the city. And for every pound of food collected, Canada Safeway and Peak of the Market will match it. The initiative is called No Hunger Summer.
Nearly 64,000 Manitobans depend on Winnipeg Harvest each month.
The items most-urgently needed by Winnipeg Harvest are: canned fish and poultry, canned vegetables and fruit (packed in juice), canned soup – lentil, pea, vegetable, baby food and infant formula, canned stew, chili and baked beans, peanut butter, brown rice – converted or parboiled, whole wheat/whole grain pasta, canned spaghetti sauce or tomatoes, dry cereal – high-fibre, non sugar-coated.