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(Updated 1:30 p.m., May 10)
St. Peter students rise to the challenge yet again

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Students from St. Peter High School form a human chain to unload boxes of food at the Orléans-Cumberland foodbank last week. Fred Sherwin/Photo

St. Peter High School and the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre foodbank have enjoyed a special relationship for nearly 20 years.

The foodbank depends on the school’s annual food drive to keep its shelves stocked through the summer and into the fall.

On May 4, the students at St. Peter delivered over 31,000 items to the foodbank, along with close to $2,000 in cash donations and gift cards.

“They are our knights in shining armour. Without them it would create a huge hole in our ability to serve our clients,” says foodbank coordinator Nicole Perras.

The students began collecting items in mid-April and gradually built up a wall of boxes in the school foyer that stood over 10-feet high.

On May 4, the school’s Grade 7 and 8 students each took an item and walked 2.5 km to the foodbank on Centrum Boulevard to deliver them in what has become an annual tradition.

The senior boys rugby team did most of the heavy lifting, loading and unloading a 5-ton truck with dozens of large boxes.

The competition among the students to see which home room could collect the most items was won by Dr. Orange’s Grade 8 homeroom which collected 2,530 items. Mr. Mick’s Grade 11 homeroom came in second with 2,386 items.

Outgoing St. Peter principal Norma MacDonald, says she is never ceased to be amazed by how the students have risen to the challenge year after year.

“They’re totally engaged. They now it’s important to the community and that they’re making a real difference,” says MacDonald who is moving on to Immaculata High School next year after five years at St. Petes.

With food prices so high of late, more and more people with limited household budgets are having to depend on the foodbank to tie them over until the next pay cheque or social assistance payment.

“We all know that it is more expensive than ever to feed a family. Because the cost of food has increased so much it makes it harder for people to be able to feed their families,” says Perras.

Nearly half of the people who depend on the foodbank and, in turn, the items raised by the St. Peter food drive, are children.

“For us St. Petes is crucial because that’s what helps us feed all these families and individuals through the summer months when people are on holidays and don’t think of giving to foodbanks,” says Perras.

For more information about the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre foodbank visit http://crcoc.ca/programs-services/ food-bank/.

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

 

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