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Mayor announces summer food drive

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Mayor Sam Katz is looking to keep Winnipeggers full this summer.

Katz revealed a plan for "No Hunger Summer" on June 7. As part of the campaign, collection bins will be placed at 44 community centres and four arenas, as well as at City Hall. The food will be donated to Winnipeg Harvest, which serves approximately 64,000 Manitobans, including 32,000 children, each month.

In particular, the drive is seeking: canned fish and poultry, canned vegetables and fruit, canned soup, baby food and infant formula, canned stew, chili, and baked beans, peanut butter, brown rice, whole-wheat and whole-grain pasta, canned spaghetti sauce or tomatoes, and high-fibre, non-sugar-coated cereal.

"This is a chance to make a real difference for hungry families in our community," said Mayor Katz in a release. "Winnipeggers are known for their generosity, and by working together, we can make sure that all of our citizens have access to nutritious food all summer long."

Drop-off locations in northeast Winnipeg are: Bronx Park Community Centre (720 Henderson Hwy.), East End Community Centre (517 Pandora Ave. E.), Melrose Park Community Centre (480 Kimberly Ave.), North Kildonan Community Centre (1144 Kingsford Pl.), Oxford Heights Community Centre (359 Dowling St. E.), Park City West Community Centre (115 Sanford Fleming Rd.), Valley Gardens Community Centre (218 Antrim Rd.), and Terry Sawchuk Arena (901 Kimberly Ave.).

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