WELLINGTON – Oct. 22, 2020 – The people of the Evangeline Region and surrounding areas generously contributed $2,171.64 in non-perishable foods and cash to the Tyne Valley branch of the West Prince Caring Cupboard during the first three weeks of October.
In fact, volunteers from the food bank came to collect the food in Wellington Oct. 22nd. They were pleasantly surprised to see that the community had contributed 17 full boxes of food – officially estimated to be worth $1,497.89 – as well as $673.25 in cash.
The majority of the funds were contributed during a barbecue held Oct. 16 in front of the Wellington Co-op; everyone who contributed food or money to the cause received a free hotdog and bottle of water.
Food bank coordinator Verna Barlow couldn’t stop thanking the community and the people who organized the food drive. She confirms that the food will help feed many families in need; these contributions are essential, especially in these pandemic times as many people have either lost their jobs or are earning less money than before.
The food drive was organized jointly by the Wellington Co-op and the Évangéline-Central Credit Union, with support from RDÉE Prince Edward Island.
This year, schools were unable to organize school food drives for local food banks because of the pandemic.
PHOTO 1: Annette Doherty, left, manager of the Wellington Co-op, and Diane McInnis, right, marketing and communications officer of the Évangéline-Central Credit Union, present boxes of food and a tidy sum of money – the results of a community food drive – to Eric and Verna Barlow from the West Prince Caring Cupboard, Tyne Valley Branch.
PHOTO 2: Diane McInnis, left, marketing and communications officer of the Évangéline-Central Credit Union, and Eric and Verna Barlow of the West Prince Caring Cupboard, Tyne Valley Branch, look at the truckload of food contributed to the cause by people from the Evangeline and surrounding areas.
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