The Grey Cup Will Be In Town For The Bombers' Food Drive This Saturday
If you’re braving the heat for this weekend’s Bomber game, don’t forget to bring a tin (or two).
On July, 7, the team is asking fans to bring non-perishable food items or a cash donation for Purolator’s Tackle Hunger food drive. You’ll also have a chance to get your photo taken with the Grey Cup, which will be onsite for Saturday’s game (aka The Return of Matt Nichols) against the B.C. Lions.
Now in its 16th season, Tackle Hunger supports Winnipeg Harvest and its network of community food banks, soup kitchens, youth programs and drop-in centres. Since 2003, the program has delivered more than 12 million pounds of food (the equivalent of 18 million meals) to families across Canada.
Last year alone, Blue and Gold fans raised an impressive 202,071 pounds of grub at the Tackle Hunger food drive. To think about it visually, that’s the body weight of almost 1,000 football players (or Dustin Byfugliens).
While it’s easy to overlook food insecurity living in a country like Canada, let’s be real for a minute.
Believe it or not, over 850,000 people (one in six Canadian households) need the help of a food bank every month. A third of those people are children. Here in Manitoba, Winnipeg Harvest provided emergency food assistance to nearly 64,000 people in 2017 alone.
According to Purolator, Winnipeg families are most in need of staples such as canned fish or poultry, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta and pasta sauce, rice, and peanut butter. Volunteers will be stationed at all gates at Investors Group Field to collect donations before the game.
If you’re not going to the game, you can still donate to Purlator’s Tackle Hunger program. For more information visit purolatortacklehunger.com.