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(Posted 10 a.m., May 8)
St. Peter students collect over 36,000 items for local food bank
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Students from St. Peter High School drop off donations at the Orléans-Cumberland Food Bank as part of the school's annual Canley Cup food drive. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Space was hard to come by at the Orléans-Cumberland Food Bank on Wednesday thanks to a very special delivery from the students at St. Peter High School.

The students collected over 36,000 items during the school's annual Canley Cup food drive and raised over $1,200 in monetary donations.

This year's Canley Cup was presented to Leigh Kane's Grade 7 homeroom which collected over 2,300 items.

The top Grade 9-12 class was Jim Mick's homeroom which collected over 2,000 items.

The items raised by the food drive will keep the shelves at the Orléans-Cumberland Food Bank stocked well into the fall.

The food bank serves an average of 554 individuals, nearly half of whom are children, every month. One of the myths of the food bank is that individuals can come as often as they want. In reality, the food bank acts as a last resort for people who have exhausted all other options.

Individuals and families are only entitled to an emergency supply of three to four days of food.

Many of the people who use the food bank are going through a family crisis such as a break-up in the marriage, an extended job loss or a medical crisis. They also have a limited support network.

If not for the efforts of the students at St. Peter High School and other third party donors, the Orléans-Cumberland Food Bank would have to rely on supplies from the Ottawa Food Bank which acts as an umbrella organization to food banks and food cupboards across the city.

The food bank is run by the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resurce Centre and is located at 210 Centrum Blvd. across from the Shenkman Arts Centre.

The regular hours of operation are Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Starting June 1, the food bank will switch to summer hours which are Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

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

 

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