October 11, 2013, Brandon, MB – The Brandon Wheat Kings are excited to announce that they will be teaming up with Heritage Co-op and Farm Credit Canada to “Drive Away Hunger ” on Saturday night when the visiting Saskatoon Blades pay a visit to Westman Communications Group Place.
Thousands of people are assisted by local food banks across western Manitoba each year and the Drive Away Hunger program is a way for Brandon and surrounding area to work together to reduce hunger and assist those in need.
Fans attending Saturday’s game are being encouraged to bring a non perishable food item. All donations will be collected by Farm Credit Canada and Heritage Co-op volunteers and given directly to local Food Banks.
“Drive Away Hunger is in its tenth year and Farm Credit Canada is pleased to have the opportunity to help local food banks once again,” says Jeff Affleck, Business Development Manager of the Brandon office. “Community, collaboration, working in partnership and making sure fewer people go hungry in Canada…that’s what Drive Away Hunger is about.”
“Everyone at Heritage Co-op is honoured to be a part of this partnership to help the communities we are a part of – we’re proving that “You really are at Home Here” together with the great people of western Manitoba.” says Heritage Co-op general manager Lorne Zacharias.
In addition to accepting food donations at Saturday’s game, the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a complimentary copy of the Wheat Kings 2013-14 Souvenir Program.
Saturday’s game will conclude a 5-game WHL home stand for the Wheat Kings, who play host to the Moose Jaw Warriors tonight.
Tickets to both weekend games are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling (204) 726-3555 or online at wheatkings.com
ABOUT FCC DRIVE AWAY HUNGER: Did you know that 38% of the over 900,000 people who use a Canadian food bank each month are children? That’s more than 338,000 kids right here at home who regularly have to go hungry. Thanks to generous Canadians, the FCC Drive Away Hunger program collected more than 3.1 million pounds of food for local food banks in 2012. In addition to Saturday’s WHL game at Westman Place, the westman Tractor Tour will take place on Friday, October 18th. Those donations can be delivered to the local FCC office (located on the corner of 26th Street and Victoria Avenue in Brandon). FCC Drive Away Hunger started ten years ago and since then, we’ve raised over 11 million pounds of food.