Food bank boost
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.