Mennonite food is a highlight of the annual MCC Festival for World Relief. This year, people can order their food online and then pick it up at a drive-thru line on Sept. 20. (Abbotsford News file photo)

MCC Festival To-Go raises money for food security in DR Congo

Abbotsford event on Sept. 19 and 20 includes food pickup, plant sale and cyclathon

The annual Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Festival for World Relief is taking a different approach this year in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, which last year celebrated its 50th anniversary, is usually held at Tradex in Abbotsford.

But this year, people are being invited to join the festival from the comfort of their own home with the MCC Festival To-Go.

The public is invited to pre-order food – some Mennonite festival classics – online and then come to the MCC Centre (33933 Gladys Ave.) on Sunday, Sept. 20 to pick it up from the drive-thru line during their allotted time slot.

The festival also includes the annual MCC Cyclathon on Saturday, Sept. 19.

RELATED: 2019 MCC Festival for World Relief

Participants can choose from three routes – 10 km, 20 km or 50 km – while raising money for the cause.

Also on Sept. 19, an outdoor plant sale runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MCC Centre.

The festival is also raising money through the sale of hand-made quilts. They can be viewed online or in person at the centre on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The MCC Festival for World Relief raises funds to support uprooted and vulnerable people.

This year, the money will go to families in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where millions of people have been displaced from their homes after decades of conflict.

The project will provide agricultural training, food security, income generation and COVID-19 prevention to hundreds of families living in internally displaced peoples camps.

Visit to order food, register for the cyclathon, view the quilts for sale, or make a donation.

RELATED: MCC in Abbotsford among groups that made 9,500 comforters


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