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St. Pete's delivers over 48,000 food items to Orléans-Cumberland Resource Centre

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A volunteer at the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre sorts through some of the 48,000 food items dropped off by students from St. Peter High School on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Students at St. Peter High School made a special delivery to the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre on Thursday that took nearly four hours to complete.

The students made the 3.5 kilometre trek from the Fallingbrook-area high school to the centre carrying over 48,000 food items collected during the school's annual Canley Cup food drive.

The 48,000 food items is the second highest amont ever collected by the school and will go a long in helping to meet the needs of the 550-plus clients who depend on the centre's emergency food program every month.

Not surprisingly, OCCRC program manager Joffré Mallette was thrilled with the students' efforts.

"It went really well. We got over 48,000 items from St. Pete's and a cheque for close to $700," said Mallette.

While the centre's shelves are now filled they are still missing one key item --training pull-ups for toddlers.

"We receive a lot of diapers for the younger ones, but once they get bigger they need the pull-ups," says food program co-ordinator Nicole Perras-Leduc.

Donations can be dropped off at the centre from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. although they are closed during the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. The centre is located in the Orléans Town Centre across from the Shenkman Arts Centre.

Donations can also be left at the Sobeys grocery store at Trim and Innes which delivers them directly to the OCCRC. For more information visit www.crcoc.ca.

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

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