Stonewall / Winnipeg / Woodlands Students Organize a Food drive to alleviate Poverty in Manitoba!
More than 60,000 people in Manitoba use food banks each month. Nearly 45%, are children.
Winnipeg Harvest is a non-profit, community based food distribution & training centre. Their goal is to collect and share surplus food with people who are hungry and to offer training opportunities to help people step up and out of poverty. The ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for food banks in Manitoba.
The Vision of Winnipeg Harvest is a community that no longer requires the services of a food bank.
- Share food with hungry families.
- Facilitate training and learning opportunities for our clients.
- Focus attention on hunger within our community and move towards long-term solutions.
Winnipeg Harvest distribute more than 12.8 million pounds of food every year to more than 380+ member agencies across Manitoba, including food banks, soup kitchens, youth programs and drop-in-centres.
The Grade 9 Class from Sterling North Stonewall Campus (a PBCC school in Manitoba, Canada) decided that the school should get involved and worked hard to gather up as much surplus food from the local community as they could in one week and deliver it to the Winnipeg Harvest Warehouse! Soup cans, rice, pasta, baby food jars, cereal, canned fruit are just some of the many items generously donated. In all, they collected 747 lbs (almost 340kg) of food for this worthy cause – all in ONE WEEK! The food was donated on March the 10th 2015.
The students had 3 large bins set up in the corridor at the school campus and community members donated & filled the bins to overflowing. They were way too heavy to lift so some had to be reboxed and packed into the back of a pickup for transporting from the school to Winnipeg Harvest. The forklift driver came and helped the students to unload and transported all the food onto the scale.
Hayley from Winnipeg Harvest was overjoyed with the amount collected in such a short space of time & highly commended the students that organized the food drive “I am amazed at the amount of food collected in only one week – we are very grateful to the students at Sterling North Stonewall Campus and PBCC for organizing this!”