CAMBRIDGE SELF-HELP FOOD BANK
The Community CornFest is all about building community, connecting with people, eating some local sweet corn, listening to good music and most importantly, raising money and food for the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.
Marg and Jay Strom and Emerson Martin were three individuals who had a vision for the Community CornFest in 1989 and made it 'come to life' with the first CornFest 30 years.
Emerson recalls the vision being about 'Wanner Mennonite Church getting acquainted with the neighbourhood and the broader Cambridge community.'
The visionaries back then saw the need at the Food Bank and as Marg put it, 'partnering with the Food Bank is one way we can pray with our feet.'
The first Community CornFest resulted in about 850 pounds of food and more than $1,800 donated to the Food Bank and the relationship over the years has kept growing.
Over the past 10 years, CornFest has raised over 3500 pounds of food and over $26,000 to support the services offered at the Food Bank.
Marg and Jay Strom both came from service-oriented families and they had access to two excellent tasting local food products, sausage, and their own sweet corn.
Those two items, along with a musical group, have been consistent elements of the Community CornFest since 1989.
Marg and Jay noted “the event has evolved over the years, sometimes police and fire department and local horse drawn wagon rides we brought in and this year several Cambridge community services will be participating by showcasing their products and services.
'Wanner congregation has come to see one of its core values and purposes focused on reaching out into the community as an act of compassion for the broader community. Everyone takes part in the event as they are able.' said Marg Strom in the release.
Along with the consistent elements of the Community CornFest, some highlights for this year include live music by Menno Valley Sound; locally sourced food such as sweet corn, sausage on a bun and halal burgers; family friendly activities; and representatives from several Cambridge community services providing an overview of their programs and services.
Glyn Jones, Pastor of Wanner Mennonite Church is excited to be part of this community building event said in the release, he is thrilled that an event with 30 years of history of helping the most disadvantaged in our community is still going strong.
'It says lots about the support from the larger community, and about our values as we reach out to help others.' said Jones in the release.
'We are so grateful to have the support of the Preston and Wanner Mennonite Church communities' said Cameron Dearlove in the release, Executive Director of the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.
'This event and this community has such a fantastic history of giving back and we're so excited to celebrate this amazing anniversary of 30 years of generosity.'
Donations of food and cash will be collected in support of the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.
The 30th Annual Community CornFest begins at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 7 at Wanner Mennonite Church, 1725 Beaverdale Road, Cambridge.