Feld Motor Sports®, Inc. and the Maple Leaf Monster Jam® Tour put on Crush Hunger – A Monster Jam Canada Food Drive on October 3, 2012 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm to collect food for Winnipeg Harvest.
Unfortunately, attendance was not what had been expected by 2:30 that afternoon, despite the promise of free ticket vouchers to Monster Jam for the first 200 people who donated five or more non-perishable food items.
Maximum Destruction driver Kreg Christensen sat at a table to talk to fans and hand out autographs. He said they had gotten involved with Winnipeg Harvest because their fans were the same people who would be involved with Winnipeg Harvest. He also said a lot of his fans are children, and as the event was held during a weekday many were not able to attend.
Winnipeg Harvest helps a lot of people in Manitoba. According to their website, each month 58,000 people receive food assistance from Winnipeg Harvest: 29,000 of these people are under the age of 18. Per month, ‘clients’ are given 3-5 days worth of food from the organization. Winnipeg Harvest’s Director of Public Education Donald Benham, says there is never enough, but they are lucky to have more than 600 third-party events (such as Crush Hunger) held each year.
Many people donate food, money or time to Winnipeg Harvest. But even more need the promise of meeting celebrities or receiving rewards to get them out.
Christensen says he believes the food drive will become an annual event. Next year, head down there to keep him company. But in the mean time, get in touch with Winnipeg Harvest and see how you can help. They sure could use it.