Sup­ply­ing the beef

Plant mak­ing do­na­tions of meat to Is­land food banks

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY MIL­LI­CENT MCKAY

The Sum­mer­side Sal­va­tion Army Corps and West Prince Car­ing Cup­board are the most re­cent re­cip­i­ents of ground beef do­na­tions from At­lantic Beef Prod­ucts Inc.

Each food bank or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ceived 75 kilo­grams on Tues­day, which will be used in the soup kitchen and in food pack­ages for clients.

This was the se­cond of three 150-kg do­na­tions At­lantic Beef Prod­ucts made to food banks across the Is­land as their way of mark­ing Canada’s 150th birth­day.

“The people who come to us of­ten come from low-in­come back­grounds. They might be re­ly­ing on wel­fare or so­cial ser­vices, they might have fixed in­come, or are un­em­ployed or look­ing for work,” said Sher­rill Horne, a vol­un­teer at the Car­ing Cup­board.

Horne, and fel­low vol­un­teer Lynda Leard, have been with the or­ga­ni­za­tion for more than 20 years.

“We al­ways try to make sure there is a meat prod­uct in each pack­age our clients get. We rely on do­na­tions, and this is re­ally some­thing else,” said Leard.

“We’re there to serve them, and we’re glad to do that as best we can.”

Through four lo­ca­tions, Tyne Val­ley, Tig­nish, Al­ber­ton and O’Leary, the Car­ing Cup­board serves about 200 clients.

“Meat is an ex­pen­sive prod­uct, and if it isn’t do­nated to us, we use our funds to go buy what we can to en­sure people get the foods they need. This is re­ally im­por­tant, it’s won­der­ful,” Horne added.

Horne and Leard will take the beef and di­vide it into bags of around 1.5 pounds.

“We won’t put more that two pounds in the bags. A lot of our clients are sin­gle house­holds and might not eat or need that much.”

Brenda Arse­nault, the main cook at the Sum­mer­side Sal­va­tion Army Corps, says the do­na­tion will mean se­ri­ous sav­ings.

“Of all the meats, beef is prob­a­bly the kind we use most of. And it’s not cheap. Some­times you’re look­ing at $11 or $12. This will al­low us to use the money we would spend on meat on some­thing else.” At­lantic Beef Prod­ucts also do­nated to Char­lot­te­town, Cra­paud, Mon­tague and Souris food banks.

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

The first of three do­na­tions of 150 kilo­grams of ground beef to P.E.I. food banks was re­cently made in Char­lot­te­town. From left are Mar­i­anna Burda, co-founder of the South Shore Food Bank; Russ Mal­lard, pres­i­dent of At­lantic Beef Prod­ucts Inc.; Mike MacDon­ald, gen­eral man­ager of the Up­per Room Hospi­tal­ity Min­istry; and Maj. Daniel Roode of the Sal­va­tion Army Char­lot­te­town.

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From left, Lawrence and Mar­lene Power from the Mon­tague Food Bank and Ron­nie Macin­tosh from Souris Food Bank re­cently re­ceived 150 kilo­grams of meat from At­lantic Beef Prod­ucts Inc.

MIL­LI­CENT MCKAY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Russ Mal­lard, pres­i­dent of At­lantic Beef Prod­ucts, loads the trunk with ground beef prod­ucts for Lynda Leard, left, and Sher­rill Horne of the West Prince Car­ing Cup­board.

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