True North Sports + Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets hockey club are set to begin their annual food drive for Winnipeg Harvest on Friday, January 31. The hunger awareness campaign will run from January 31 to February 8, as the Jets play host to the Boston Bruins (Jan. 31), the St. Louis Blues (Feb. 1), the Nashville Predators (Feb. 4) and the Ottawa Senators (Feb. 8) from Bell MTS Place.
Following the lead of their affiliate American Hockey League club the Manitoba Moose – who collected 9,735 pounds of food on December 31, 2019 – the Jets will look to their fans throughout the coming month to show a sign of support for the less fortunate within the local communities in Manitoba.
Fans attending Jets home games during the time of the food drive are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the arena, or to make a monetary donation – $5 donation equals 15 pounds of food for those in need. Volunteers from Winnipeg Harvest will be setup throughout the concourse at designated tables to accept financial support, while other volunteers will be stationed near the entrances with Winnipeg Harvest bins for food drop-off.
After the Moose collected 6,118 pound of non-perishable food items in the 2018-19 food drive, fans of the Manitoba Moose stepped up their donations this past month, bringing in 9,375 pounds during their ‘Shutout Hunger’ campaign. The Moose have also been collecting food items at a number of participating Co-op gas stations throughout southern Manitoba.
Over the past two years, Winnipeg Jets fans have raised 63,097 pounds of food for the annual food drives, with the team topping the scales at 40,286 two years ago. On top of bringing food items and monetary donations to the upcoming four home games, fans can also donate to the cause while making purchases at all Jets Gear locations throughout the city, or by using the voucher code ‘HARVEST2020’ on food orders placed through Skip the Dishes.
- Cans of tuna
- Canned chicken
- Peanut butter
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruit
In feeding roughly 65,000 Manitobans monthly (half of which are children), Winnipeg Harvest is the largest food bank in Central Canada. Although only expecting to provided a few thousand pounds in donations, the fans of the Winnipeg Jets certainly have 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 year, attendees are asked to consider bringing more shelf stable proteins, carbohydrates, fruit, vegetables, pastas, peanut butter and canned items to the upcoming games. Drop-off bins will be located inside the doors of Bell MTS Place.