Winnipeg Airports Authority’s Harvest Garden turns 20; vegetables donated to Winnipeg Harvest’s Grow-A-Row program to help ‘fight hunger and feed hope’

WINNIPEG, Canada, 2015-6-8 — /Travel PR News/ — This summer, staff at Winnipeg Airports Authority are celebrating 20 years of the airport’s Harvest Garden. All vegetables in the garden are donated to Winnipeg Harvest’s Grow-A-Row program to help ‘fight hunger and feed hope’.

“Staff at Winnipeg Airports Authority have created a culture of giving back to the community, whether it’s planting vegetables for the Harvest Garden, our Annual Charity Golf Tournament or our United Way campaign each fall,” said Vince Dancho, VP Operations of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “We’re proud to serve our community and encourage other businesses to join us in supporting Winnipeg Harvest’s Grow-A-Row program.”

This summer more than a dozen local organizations have answered WAA’s call to join in the fight against hunger. This year marks WAA’s 3rd Annual Grow-A-Row Business Challenge. Businesses joining the challenge this season include Red River College, Payne Transportation, Manitoba Blue Cross, Pegasus Publications, The Courtyard Marriott, Garden City Shopping Centre, Print Express, Unisource, Winnipeg Free Press, 7-Eleven, Graham Construction, Standard Aero, Deanne Crothers constituency office and grade 7 students from Andrew Mynarski VC School.

“We want to thank the Winnipeg Airports Authority for their long-standing relationship and their commitment to our Grow-A-Row program. Over the last two decades, WAA has donated approximately 40,000 pounds of fresh produce. These nutritious vegetables help Winnipeg Harvest’s mission of sharing food with hungry families. It is nice to know they have been rooted with us for 20 years in our struggle to ‘fight hunger and feed hope’. Grow-an extra row this summer and get rooted in giving”, said Gordon Pollard, board president, Winnipeg Harvest.

Grow-A-Row blossomed in 1986, when Winnipeg residents Ron and Eunice O’Donovan produced more potatoes in their backyard garden than they could consume. Their vegetables were so well received by Winnipeg Harvest, the O’Donovans encouraged friends and neighbours to also donate surplus produce. Since then, Grow-A-Row has yielded more than 3.6 million of pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables.

About Winnipeg Harvest
Winnipeg Harvest is a community-based, not for profit, food distribution and training centre. Our vision is a community that no longer requires the services of a food bank. Our mission is to
share food with hungry families; facilitate training and learning opportunities for our clients and to focus attention on hunger within our community and move towards long-term solutions.

About WAA
Winnipeg Airports Authority is a non-share capital corporation responsible for the management and operation of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, a full-service airport providing passengers and cargo clients access to markets across Canada, the United States, Mexico and the world.

Located at the geographic centre of North America, with round-the-clock operations, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is the number one dedicated freighter airport in Canada as measured by the number of flights. The airport generates over $3.6 billion in total economic output and welcomes 3.67 million passengers annually. Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is the first Canadian LEED certified airport terminal.

Breanne Talbot
Manager, Communications & Public Affairs
Winnipeg Airports Authority
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Chris Albi
Communications Coordinator
Winnipeg Harvest
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