2 p.m., May 4)
Peter HS students collect over 38,000 items for local
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
from St. Peter High School drop off their
food items at the Orléans-Cumberland
Coummunity Resource Centre foodbank they collected
during the school's annual Canley Cup food
drive. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre foodbank
got a huge boost on Wednesday as students from St. Peter
High School delivered over 38,000 items collected during
their annual Canley Cup food drive.
food items, along with two cheques totalling $3,500, will
help the foodbank provide emergency food supplies to its
clients until the next major food drive in November.
Centre executive director Luc Ouellette says the St. Peter
High School food drive is essential in enabling the foodbank
to serve the more than 600 clients, 45 per cent of which
are children, who depend on them to get through each month.
food bank provides clients 3-4 days worth of emergency
food once a month. Usually these are families which are
experience financial distress for whatever reason and
are having difficulty making ends meet after paying for
their rent, their hydro and other food," explains
these efforts by the students at St. Peter, we would be
a lot more dependent on the Ottawa Food Bank and would
have to cut down on the amount of food we can give each
students have been raiding their parents' pantries and
canvassing at local grocery stores for the past three
weeks in a friendly competition to see which homeroom
can collect the most food and lay claim to the Canley
year's Canley Cup was won by Kim Mailhot's Grade 7 homeroom
class which collected nearly 4,900 items, narrowly beating
out Leah Kane's homeroom class which collected nearly
top senior class was Jim Mick's homeroom which collected
amazed me. They were out at the grocery stores on the
weekends. They did an awesome job," says St. Peter
VP Kim Schreider. "And we do this as a community.
Every person from the caretaker, to the staff and the
students. Everybody is all in on it."
key aspect of the food drive is the social justice education
component. Classes are taught about poverty in Canada
and the need for foodbanks in the country, and in Orléans
teach them that we don't necessarrily want food banks,
but we have them and we need them and in this community
we need a foodbank, whcih is why the food drive is so
important," says Schreider.
more information about the Orléans-Cumberland Community
Resource Centre foodbank visit http://crcoc.ca/programs-services/food-bank/.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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