Between September of 2008 and September of 2009, the increase in the number of kids, ages 6-18, that Winnipeg Harvest shares food with is up, by nearly 24%, from 12,000 to 15,000. The total number of people Winnipeg Harvest shares food with jumped by 21% over that same period, to over 39,000.
There are three additional areas where we experienced similar increases that concern us; the number of EI recipients, the number of people with no income and the number of working poor who rely on Winnipeg Harvest to make ends meet all increased over the same one year period.
The decline in the economy has brought an increased demand for the service Winnipeg Harvest provides. As much as anyone, we are hopeful of a recovery in both the Canadian and Global economy. More living wage jobs and a strengthening of our social safety net are both assets for all Canadians.
The Empty Bowls program is an initiative designed to raise funds to address the need. On November 10, 2009, Winnipeg Harvest is hosting the Empty Bowls Celebrity Auction at the Delta Winnipeg. Our message of feeding the hungry continues. You can make an incredible difference by making a donation to the Empty Bowls event. Did you know that for every $20.00 donated, Harvest can move $400.00 worth of food? Will you help us make a difference?
Make a donation today to the Empty Bowls event. Please call 982-FOOD or donate online at www.winnipegharvest.org
David Northcott is Executive Coordinator of Winnipeg Harvest.