Sunday, November 8, 2009

Winnipeg Free Press Editorial

The following editorial was written by Larry McIntosh for Winnipeg Harvest. It appeared in the Friday, November 6, 2009 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press:

I am very honoured and proud to be involved with Winnipeg Harvest for over 14 years. It is truly an amazing organization that is kept running not only by donations of food and money but also by hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours with many of the volunteers being clients of the Food Bank.

I have come to learn that Winnipeg Harvest does a lot more than help those less fortunate with food. They also assist by developing and providing programs to help food bank clients in their journey to get out of poverty. Nobody wants to live in poverty and more often than not they have been struck by circumstances that could have happened to any one of us. It is really Programs to Help Food Bank Clients unfortunate in a country as rich as Canada that food banks are needed at all. It is sad that over 47% of food bank recipients are children and I can only imagine how hard it is to learn and grow when you are hungry.

Everyone hopes that one day the need for food banks will end and that their doors can be closed forever. However, until that happens, I am thankful every single day that Winnipeg Harvest is there to help our fellow Manitobans as they go through tough times.

About 3000 people a month no longer require support from Harvest and are replaced by new immigrants, EI recipients, the working poor, pensioners and those that have lost their jobs. Peak of the Market annually donates almost a 1,000,000 pounds of food each year to Harvest to help all Manitobans and is just one of the
many companies that support the work of Harvest.

Make a donation to the Empty Bowls and help
feed the children of Manitoba. Call 982-FOOD
or visit

Larry McIntosh is the President & C.E.O of Peak of the Market

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