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Jets Fans Donate Nearly 3,000 Pounds Of Food To Winnipeg Harvest

By Carter Brooks

Photo supplied by Winnipeg Harvest

The Winnipeg Jets may not have ‘won’ the game Thursday night from Bell MTS Place, but Winnipeg Harvest certainly ‘won’ the day. In advance of game four of the Western Conference Semifinals, thousands of Winnipeggers brought canned good and other non-perishable food items for donation to Winnipeg Harvest.

Jets Fans Donate Nearly 3,000 Pounds Of Food To Winnipeg Harvest

Donations to the tune of 2,700 pounds found their way into the Winnipeg Whiteout street party, as a way of helping the largest local food bank in Manitoba.

Putting that number into perspective, 2,700 pounds is the average weight of a fully grown male giraffe, a typical compact car, one-and-a-half yards of topsoil, three upright grand pianos, 13 stoves, and 45 bushels of wheat.

Now that’s a lot of tuna!

On top of the food items, partiers also donated financially to the cause, bringing in a total of $3,500.00 to be given to Winnipeg Harvest.

In feeding roughly 65,000 Manitobans monthly (half of which are children), Winnipeg Harvest is the largest food bank in Central Canada. Although only providing a few thousand pounds in donations, once again the fans of the Winnipeg Jets certainly had an impact on the approximate 15 million pounds of food shipped annually through the help and support of volunteers at Winnipeg Harvest.

As a not-for-profit, community-based food bank, Winnipeg Harvest thrives on its volunteer activity. Instilling the values of selfless giving and hard work can be found through volunteering. There are numerous volunteer opportunities available at winnipegharvest.org.

With lots of hockey left to played at Bell MTS Place this spring, attendees are asked to consider bringing more shelf stable proteins, carbohydrates, fruit, vegetables, pastas, peanut butter and canned items to the upcoming games and street parties.

Bins will be available at each entrance to the arena and at various locations within the street party. Upcoming options to bring a tin for the bin include:

Saturday, May 5 Manitoba Moose Central Division Finals Game 2 – puck drop at 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 5 #WPGWhiteout Viewing Party – puck drop at 8:30 p.m.

Monday, May 7, #WPGWhiteout Street Party – gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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