Monday, December 28, 2009

Best to Give "The Means" to the Poor - Winnipeg Free Press

"CANADIANS are incredibly generous. According to the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, almost 23 million Canadians -- 84 per cent of the population aged 15 and over -- made a financial donation to a charitable or other nonprofit organization in 2007..."

Best to give 'the means' to the poor - Winnipeg Free Press

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Trying to Change the World Changes You - Winnipeg Free Press

(photo courtesty of: JOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA)
Harvest volunteer Edwina Thomas, right, with Free Press intern Shelley Cook.

"Three years ago, I decided I was going to change the world. Inspired by my first semester in university, and all of the new-found knowledge and insight I had acquired in those four months, I decided I needed to do something to help others in need..."

Trying to change the world changes you - Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press, print edition: December 24, 2009.

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Thank You Corus Radio and Winnipeg Airport Authority

(left to right) David Northcott, Winnipeg Harvest; Garth Butchko, General Manager, Corus Radio Winnipeg; Barry Rempel, CEO of the Winnipeg Airport Authority. 
Launching the Hunger for Hope campaign with large baby bottles used to collect funds for Winnipeg Harvest and Hunger for Hope 'Because No Child Should Go To Bed Hungry!'.

Thank You Delta Hotel

(left to right): Louis Trepel, Empty Bowls co-chair, Winnipeg Harvest; Helen Halliday, Delta Hotel; Jeff Patton, Delta Hotel; and David Northcott, Executive Coordinator, Winnipeg Harvest, at the Delta Winter Festive Party Winnipeg Harvest recognized the Delta staff and corporate donation to the Empty Bowls Campaign.

Thank You Standard Aero

Gary Post and Henry Bretonne of Standard Aero delivering 2,113 pounds of food, collected during their food drive for Winnipeg Harvest. 
Many thanks!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thank You Winnipeg Goldeyes

(left to right: Andrew Collier, GM, Winnipeg Goldeyes; Goldie; David Northcott, Executive Coordinator, Winnipeg Harvest and Carol Morris, General Manager, Winnipeg Harvest with the Goldeyes donation.)
Thanks for your continued support!

Thank You Centre Place Cafe

David Northcott, Executive Coordinator of Winnipeg Harvest with Frieda Rutherford, the Centre Place Cafe Manager, receiving a donation of funds collected through her "Pennies from Heaven" booth designated for Winnipeg Harvest and the Christmas Cheer Board.
Thanks for your super effort, Frieda!

Thank You True North Sports and Entertainment


Many thanks to the True North Sports and Entertainment employees for their enthusiastic help in the Winnipeg Harvest warehouse during their staff service day!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thank You 3M

(left to right: Len Gregoire, 3M; David Northcott, Winnipeg Harvest; Marina McGlenen, 3M and Brett MacNeil, 3M)

Thanks to 3M for your generous donation.

Thank You Purolator

(left to right: David Northcott, Trent Shuttleworth & Dave Robinson from Purolator)
Every time a CFL Quarter back was sacked during the 2009 regular season, Purolator committed to donate his weight in food to the local food bank. During the Winnipeg Blue Bombers home games, there were 28 Quarterback sacks, which resulted in 7,000 pounds of food. Thank you, Purolator!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from everyone at the Winnipeg Harvest team. We all hope you've had a safe and happy December!

Friday, December 11, 2009

UPS "Moving About the Community"

Colin Giesbrecht and Bruce Michalski

In the last year, Winnipeg Harvest has moved 10 million pounds of food.

Puzzled on how it’s done?

WINNIPEG, December 7, 2009 – Winnipeg Harvest needs to replace some of the trucks in its fleet so that it can continue to move food to over 40,000 Manitobans each month. Winnipeg UPS Stores are launching the “Moving About the Community” Campaign on Tuesday, December 8 at The UPS Store at 1400 Ellice Avenue at 1 p.m. The Winnipeg UPS Stores are calling on all businesses or individuals to purchase a portion of a new cube van.

“The warehouse operation at Winnipeg Harvest has 10 trucks on the road six days a week. The trucks transport food to local shelters, soup kitchens, community food banks and children’s programs throughout Manitoba”, states Bruce Michalski, Director of Development at Winnipeg Harvest. “Moving food to people who need it is critical to our daily operations, and our trucks are essential in allowing us to carry forth our mission.”

"The UPS Stores of Winnipeg are working with Winnipeg Harvest to help transport food to the hungry. As a courier service, the Winnipeg UPS Stores understand the importance of distribution in a timely manner, supporting Harvest's mandate to distribute food to those who are hungry”, says Iain Scott of The UPS Store. The UPS Stores of Winnipeg will kick off the campaign with a generous donation for the first piece of the puzzle towards a new truck for food transport.

Donations for the “Moving About the Community Campaign can be made to Winnipeg Harvest at 1085 Winnipeg Avenue or by phone at 982-3673. Winnipeg Harvest is a non-profit community based organization committed to providing food to people who are struggle to feed themselves and their families and continue to work to reduce poverty while continuing to maximize public awareness of hunger.

For more information about Winnipeg Harvest or The UPS Store’s “Moving About the Community” Campaign, please contact: Chris Albi, Communications Coordinator, Winnipeg Harvest. (204) 982-3584 (work).

Bruce Michalski with the UPS gang

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Empty Bowl Auction

Signed by Winnipeg media personalities, athletes, and musicians who sing on the recording of the holiday single "Empty Bowl Winter." All proceeds from the song and auction to support Winnipeg Harvest.

Deadline for bidding is Monday, December 21 at noon. Bid updates will appear reguarly on the homepage of the Winnipeg Harvest website. To bid, please call Shannon at 1 (204) 982-3669.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Harvesting Hope

Listen to CBC Radio's Harvesting Hope in support of Winnipeg Harvest. Tune in from 6am-6pm on Friday, December 11, and listen throughout the day as various people associated with Winnipeg Harvest will tell their personal stories.

David Northcott, Executive Director of Winnipeg Harvest, will be on all three shows throughout the day, and co-hosting with Margaux Watt from 3-6pm.

A special phoneline will be set up for listeners to call in with donations.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Helping Hands

From December 5 - 19, all shoppers are encouraged to Bring a Tin for the Bin, or cash donation to any Winnipeg Superstore or Extra Foods for the Helping Hands food drive in support of Winnipeg Harvest.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fame for Food

Citytv and Sobeys are hosting "Fame for Food" December 5, 2009 at the Sobeys on 1150 Taylor Ave., and 1870 Burrows Ave. between 10am and 5pm.

Bring food or a cash donation to either location, and record a 15 second greeting that will appear on Citytv between Christmas and New Years.

See you there!

CP Rail Holiday Train

Join us for the CP Rail Holiday Train

Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 2pm.
At the railway crossing between Monroe and Panet.
Musical Guests: the ODDS

For more information, please visit the CP Rail site.

Singing for Supper Concert

The Singing for Supper event was a great success, the music provided by Tom Jackson, Shannon Gaye, and Pear, was fantastic and well received by a sold-out audience.

Tom Jackson with back-up musicians

Husband and wife duo - Pear

Shannon Gaye