6:30 a.m., May 11)
St. Peter students collect more than 40,000 items for local
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
Orléans Cumberland Community Resource Centre got a huge
boost on May 9 when students from St. Peter High School
delivered more than 40,000 non-perishable food items to
the Resource Centre’s food bank as part of their annual
Canley Cup food drive.
from St. Peter High School unload food supplies
for the Orléans Cumberland Community Resource
Centre food bank collected during the school's
annual Canley Cup food drive. Fred Sherwin/Photo
exact amount was 40,262, surpassing last year’s total
by more than 2,000 items.The
non-perishable food will help the food bank provide emergency
food supplies to its clients well into the fall when the
next major food drive will be held.
food was delivered by school bus and on foot as the school’s
Grade 7 and 8 students were given the morning off to make
the 3.5 kilometre trek from the Charlemagne Boulevard
high school to the Resource Centre which is located near
the Shenkman Arts Centre.
returning back to the school, the students were treated
to a BBQ lunch followed by the Canley Cup caberet which
has become an annual ritual featuring skits performed
by the school staff.
Centre executive director Luc Ouellette says the St. Peter
High School food drive is essential in enabling the food
bank to serve the more than 600 clients – 45 per cent
of which are children – who depend on them to get through
food bank provides clients three to four days worth of
emergency food once a month. Usually these are families
which are experiencing financial distress for whatever
reason and are having difficulty making ends meet after
paying their rent, utilities and other essentials,” explains
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
Cup trophy. This year the Canley Cup was won by Greg Bisaillon’s
Grade 7 homeroom class which collected more than 4,800
very first Canley Cup food drive was held in 1993, some
25 years ago and each year the students somehow manage
to outdo themselves.
Grade 7s knocked it out of the park this year. They did
a great job canvassing their neighbours. They did a great
job going around to the grocery stores. It was a real
community effort” said St. Peter principal Deborah Kealey.
“Everyone from the caretaker, to the staff and even our
parents contributed to the effort. Everybody was all in
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 Orléans
taught that we don’t necessarily want food-banks, but
we have them and we need them, and in this community we
need a foodbank, which is why the food drive is so important,”
says St. Peter High School vice-principal Kim Schreider.
more information about the Orléans-Cumberland Community
Resource Centre foodbank visit https://crcoc.ca/banque-alimentaire/.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)