7:30 a.m., May 11)
Peter H.S. delivers 32,000 items to Orléans-Cumberland
food bank and counting
By Fred Sherwin
from St. Peter High School drop off various
food items raised as part of the school's
annual food drive in support of the Orleans-Cumberland
Community Resource Centre's emergency food
program. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Cenre serves nearly
500 people every month through its emergency food program.
In order to do so, they depend on the generosity of individual
donors and the efforts of the nearly 1,900 students at
St. Peter High School who hold a food drive every spring
to help stock the Resource Centre's shelves.
year, the students collected a record 44,000 items. This
year they set a more modest goal of 35,000 items, but
as of Wednesday afternoon they were nearly 9,000 items
short. After a last minute call went out for more items,
the students responded with 6,000 more cans, bringing
their total to 32,000 items which they delivered on foot
and by bus on Thursday to a very grateful Resource Centre.
is our second biggest food drive after the firefighters
food drive in November. The items they're bringing in
today will keep us going well into the fall," said
food bank coordinator Nicole Perras-Leduc.
stated above the Resource Centre provides three to four
days worth of food to nearly 500 clients ever month. A
family of four receives more than 40 items including one
pound of ground beef, a dozen eggs and several sources
of canned protein including tuna and ham. Other items
include cereal, pancake mix, canned fruit, milk, rice
Peter food drive co-coordinator Justin Malloy says the
school plans to continue the food drive for another week
to try and meet their goal and hopefully exceed it.
walking the 3.5 kilometres to the Resource Centre and
back, the Grade 7 and 8 students were treated to a BBQ.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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