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It’s been five years since Cormac Foster and some friends first set out to collect non-perishable food items on Halloween, and if anything, there’s still a need in the community.
"I knew there was a need in the area, but not that it was this great," Foster said.
Luckily, after five years, residents are expecting Foster and his Winnipeg Avengers crew once Oct. 31 rolls around.
"This year we collected more than last year," Foster said. "The community knows us and they’re prepared for us. It’s really cool, because we visit the house and often they have bags or boxes of food ready for us."
Foster and his team of volunteers collected 560 pounds of non-perishable food items from over 300 households in East Kildonan west of Henderson Highway, which they donated to the Adventist Community Services food bank at 95 Stadacona St.
"They were most generous," Margaret Dobryden, volunteer co-ordinator at the food bank, said. "I’m proud of those young adults."
The Adventist Community Services food bank, which is connected to Winnipeg Harvest, feeds up to 160 families every two weeks. The food raised by the Winnipeg Avengers will go to the ACS’s supplementary pantry.
"That stuff will not go to registered people," Dobryden said. "There are emergencies all the time, maybe people are new to the area and need help. We encourage people to register with Winnipeg Harvest, but we can still help them from the pantry resource."
"A lot of times they have families come in who, for whatever reason, just don’t have food," Foster added.
The team has enjoyed the support of a number of sponsors over the years. Party Stuff since Day 1, while the Pembina Crossing location of Staples Canada has provided printing for the group the last four years. This year, Sobeys Northdale (965 Henderson Hwy.) donated a gift card for the food bank to use at its discretion.
Foster’s crew includes not only the caped crusaders going door to door, but also volunteers driving the vans and SUVs and delivering flyers in advance of Halloween. While it started as a close knit group of friends, the team has grown as more and more people hear about what the Winnipeg Avengers are doing.
"This year we had a lot of new members join the team," he said. "That was exciting to see."
But even more than seeing his own team grow, Foster said that getting to know the community and getting on board with the cause has been even more rewarding.
"I like having this connection," he said. "Once a year, we go and knock on these doors, now we know all these people. Halloween is the one day of the year people will gladly open their door to strangers and they’re really into giving. This opens an opportunity for people to give. That’s kind of cool."
To make a donation to or for more information on the Adventist Community Services food bank, call 204-663-2278.
Community journalist — The Herald
Sheldon Birnie is the community journalist for The Herald Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org Call him at 204-697-7112