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Winnipeg Airports Authority and Community Businesses Feed Hope with Fresh Food for Families in Need

This summer, Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. (WAA) and local businesses put their green thumbs to good use for a wonderful cause. In partnership with Winnipeg Harvest, WAA and several other community-first businesses took part in the 4th annual Grow-A-Row Corporate Challenge to help feed the families in need that Harvest supports. The group’s abundance of freshly grown vegetables will help the more than 63,000 Manitobans.

“At the Winnipeg Airports Authority we have committed ourselves to being a responsible member of the community we serve and are proud to have supported Winnipeg Harvest now for 21 years. It is wonderful to celebrate our Grow-A-Row Corporate Challenge with our partners and to share our harvest with Manitobans in need,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority.

“We challenged businesses to Grow-A-Row for Winnipeg Harvest and they did! We can all play a role in the challenge of fighting hunger and feeding hope,” said David Northcott, Executive Director of Winnipeg Harvest. “Winnipeg is blessed to have a wonderful business community with a strong sense of corporate social responsibility. We thank all the businesses who grew fresh veggies to help feed the hungry families we serve.”

This year, nine businesses answered WAA’s call to join in the fight against hunger. The local organizations that joined the challenge include Red River College, Payne Transportation, Manitoba Blue Cross, Pegasus Publications, The Courtyard Marriott, Graham Construction, Unisource and 7-Eleven. Winnipeg Airports Authority’s Harvest Garden also hosted a wrap-up event to help prepare the produce to be delivered.

Over the past 21 years, Winnipeg Airports Authority has donated more than 45,000 lbs. of vegetables to the Grow-A-Row program to help ‘fight hunger and feed hope’.

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 that the O’Donovan’s encouraged friends and neighbours to also donate surplus produce. Since then, Grow-A-Row has yielded more than 3.7 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 Inc. is a non-share capital corporation responsible for the management and operation of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, the Iqaluit International Airport and other affiliated businesses. An array of cargo and passenger services, a regional economic impact of more than 3.6 billion dollars and an unwavering dedication to our community symbolize our commitment to lead transport innovation and growth. Learn more at

For more information contact:

Tyler MacAfee
Director, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Winnipeg Airports Authority
Media Line: 204.992.2791
Connect with us on Twitter: @YWGairport

Chris Albi
Communications Manager
Winnipeg Harvest

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