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Food drive helps fill empty shelves at Winnipeg Harvest

How it works is simple: Volunteers will pick up donations left on your front step.

From left to right Audrey Ladd, 12, her mom Rachelle, and her brother Spencer, 8, have dropped off over 1,800 cards asking for donations for Winnipeg Harvest so far this week.

Shane Gibson / For Metro

From left to right Audrey Ladd, 12, her mom Rachelle, and her brother Spencer, 8, have dropped off over 1,800 cards asking for donations for Winnipeg Harvest so far this week.

Helping fill the shelves at Winnipeg Harvest this summer is as easy as leaving a bag of their most needed items on your front step this weekend.

This week a crew of 500 volunteers are going door-to-door throughout the city leaving a card in mailboxes outlining exactly what food items Harvest needs the most right now, if you find one of the cards in your mailbox simply fill a bag with as many as the items as you can and those same volunteers will be by Saturday morning to pick them up right off your front steps for Harvest.

“This is the sort of stuff people have in their house already,” said Rachelle Ladd, who, along with her four children have been busy dropping off cards.

“Harvest is really, really, really struggling and from what I’ve heard their shelves are practically bare, so even if someone can leave out a can of soup or a bag of pasta, it will make a big difference.”

The annual drive was started eleven years ago through a partnership between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Harvest, and to date it’s brought in 634,650 lbs of food.

Harvest spokesperson Chris Albi said the summer months are traditionally a lean time at the not-for-profit because making  donations isn’t as top of mind for Winnipeggers as it is over the holiday season. 

She says giving to Harvest is especially important now because donations are matched pound-for-pound by Safeway, Peak of the Market, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the drive.

Ladd’s daughter Audrey, 12, beamed with pride Tuesday, telling Metro she, along with her brothers and sister and a group of their friends had already dropped off 1,811 cards at homes across the city.

“A lot of the people who come to Harvest, I think over 40 per cent are children,” she said. “I’m hoping the flyers we drop off help to make sure everybody has the chance to eat dinner every night, like I do.”

Volunteer crews will drop off 60,000 cards around the city by Friday, if you don’t get one but would like to help out donations are also being accepted between 9 – 11 a.m. Saturday at 700 London Street, 505 Academy Road, 807 Setter Street, and at 45 Dalhousie Drive, where a free barbecue is being held from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday.

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