The players belonging to the Winnipeg Jets have teamed up to collectively donate a large sum of money to Manitoba’s largest food distribution centre, Winnipeg Harvest. On Friday afternoon, one by one, players from the Jets organization posted similar social media content on their Instagram pages, indicating the decision made as players within the city.
The post read:
“We know times are difficult right now. We know there are people in the community struggling.
With classrooms closed, where kids rely on school meals to be fed, and so many businesses shut, leaving people out of work – there’s a lot of uncertainty where members of our community will get their next meal from. All of us players have been talking and feel a need to help in times like these. This city has shown each of us so much support over the years and now, it’s our turn to support you. Together, we’ve come up with $100,000 to be donated to Winnipeg Harvest. Winnipeg, we’re in this together! Go Jets Go, Go Winnipeg Go!”
Originally Jets ownership had made the decision not to pay its in-arena, game-day staff the paycheque it otherwise would be handing out, but following some backlash and the announcements from every other NHL club and various NBA clubs across North America, that decision was overruled.
Players from both leagues had also stepped up to pay either in-arena staff, or donate money to various causes/charities in their host cities. The Jets, however, are the first team to unanimously announce a player-led donation to a set food distribution centre. There is no indication on the breakdown of the $100K.
In feeding roughly 65,000 Manitobans monthly (half of which are children), Winnipeg Harvest is the largest food bank in Central Canada. Providing Winnipeg Harvest with a $100K donation, 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. The Winnipeg Jets and Winnipeg Harvest have held a long-lasting relationship involving countless mid-season food drives, along with donation opportunities during postseason whiteout street parties.