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(Posted 7:30 a.m., May 11)
St. Peter H.S. delivers 32,000 items to Orléans-Cumberland food bank and counting

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Students 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


The 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.

Last 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.

"This 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.

As 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 and pasta.

St. 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.

After walking the 3.5 kilometres to the Resource Centre and back, the Grade 7 and 8 students were treated to a BBQ.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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