Fireweed Food Co-op is undertaking a new collaboration with our friends at Mutual Aid Society Winnipeg, a grassroots, community-led initiative founded in response to COVID-19. One of the projects that has arisen from their work is the MASYWG Meal Program "Serve the People", which has provided by estimate nearly 6,000 meals to folks in need in Winnipeg since March.
We're excited to now be working with Serve the People to provide a channel for food donations through our Food Hub warehouse and at the South Osborne Farmers Market, and with help assembling boxes of healthy, local food that can go to families in need, and help prevent the waste of high quality, high nutrition, locally grown foods.
Community Helping Community!
How to Donate:
Food Hub Suppliers: please bring any food donations along with your regular weekly order to the Food Hub on Tuesday. Our staff will spruce it up and assemble it into boxes to go out to families in need. We are also gladly accepting donations of regular, sellable products of course.
Farmers' Market Vendors: please leave any food you would like to donate with the SOFM staff at the end of market on Wednesdays. Our staff will bring it to the Food Hub where it will get spruced up and assembled into food boxes for families in need. We are also gladly accepting donations of regular, sellable products of course.
Community Members: you can donate food by dropping it off at our warehouse (1338a Clifton St) on Tuesdays between 4-8 pm or at the South Osborne Famers' Market (725 Kylemore Ave) on Wednesdays from 4-8 pm.
If you would like to make a financial donation, you can either donate in person at the SOFM either via our Waste Not donations jar/ Square card reader or, click the red donate button on this page to give via credit card online!
Another way to help
Pay it Forward Program
As part of our efforts to increase food accessibility, we are also excited to introduce our new Pay it Forward program! This program will offer the chance for the community to support one another, and help make local food more accessible to all.
For those who could use a little financial support for your farmers market purchases, tokens of $5 will be available at the Pay it Forward board near the info booth. A full list of participating vendors will be available at the board, and vendors will also have an identifying logo at their booth.
If you would like to make a donation to the program, please come talk to one of our volunteers at the info booth, or make a donation online.
Take what you need, donate what you can!
A community food box program
A collaborative project of Fireweed Food Co-op and Mutual Aid Society's Serve the People.
Curious about other food security programs you can donate to or community gardens you can join/support? Check out this report entitled The Right to Food and Community Gardens in Winnipeg which includes a donation guide at the end.