Food bank boost

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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff Glen­garry res­i­dents were re­spon­si­ble for al­most half of the mon­e­tary do­na­tions re­ceived dur­ing the Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Aux­il­iary Unit’s ninth an­nual Stuff a Cruiser With Food drive held Novem­ber 24.

The event, which took place at five lo­cales across the United Coun­ties, in­clud­ing Chartrand’s Your In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer in Alexan­dria, raised $3,905 in cash and gift card do­na­tions and gen­er­ated ap­prox­i­mately 3,880 lbs. in food do­na­tions.

Lo­cally, or­ga­niz­ers col­lected $1,818 in cash and gift card do­na­tions, as well as ap­prox­i­mately 430 lbs. (195 kg) of food. The mon­e­tary fig­ure rep­re­sents 47 per cent of the over­all to­tal col­lected across SD&G.

While the amount of food do­nated in Alexan­dria this year was down sig­nif­i­cantly from 2017’s to­tal of 1,200 lbs. (half a tonne), mon­e­tary do­na­tions were up ap­prox­i­mately 25 per cent from last year’s fig­ure of $1,450. The 2018 Stuff a Cruiser cash and food­stuff to­tals for the United Coun­ties were ap­prox­i­mately 58 per cent higher and 24 per cent lower, re­spec­tively, than last year’s. All lo­cal do­na­tions will ben­e­fit the St. Vin­cent de Paul food bank in Alexan­dria.

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