ABRAM-VILLAGE – Oct. 24, 2014 – « People from the Evangeline and surrounding areas answered our call very generously when we invited them to contribute non-perishable foods to our collection for the Summerside Salvation Army Food Bank,” says Angèle Arsenault, president of the Conseil de développement coopératif (CDC).
“In fact, over the course of Co-op and Small Business Weeks, from Oct. 14-24, they donated close to 1,500 pounds of food that will certainly help feed the many people from our communities who are less fortunate.”
The organizing partners of the food drive first accepted a combined total of about 600 pounds of food at the Wellington Co-op and at the Évangéline-Central Credit Union. In a draw among the names of all contributors, Irene MacCaull of Wellington won a $100 gift certificate from the Co-op.
But the lion’s share of the collection – some 900 pounds – came from Evangeline School. For having collected the greatest number of food items (139), the 12 students who make up the Grade 3 class (the smallest of the school) won a $100 cash prize. The Grade 2 class finished second with 84 products while the Grade 5 class came in third with 78 products. Overall, the school’s students collected a grand total of 537 products.
The volunteers from the Salvation Army Food Bank who came to pick up the 1,500 pounds of food said they greatly appreciated this generous contribution.
The food drive was organized jointly by the CDC, the Évangéline-Central Credit Union, The Co-operators, Wellington Co-op, RDÉE Prince Edward Island, the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI and the Wellington Rural Action Centre.
CUTLINE: Students from the Grade 3 class from Evangeline School, pictured here, were the happy winners in a contest to see which class could collect the most non-perishable food items for the Summerside Salvation Army Food Bank. In the back row, from left, are Angèle Arsenault, president of the Conseil de développement coopératif; Brenda Gallant, a volunteer with the food bank; and Annie Joli-Coeur, a Grade 3 teacher. On the right are Thelma Richard, representing Évangéline-Central Credit Union, and Denise Milette-Caissie, the other Grade 3 teacher.
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