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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Organizations, volunteers and residents have come by way of once more to assist make sure the success of the annual meals drive placed on by the Charlottetown Y Service Membership.
Out in full pressure with vehicles, vans and vehicles at 13 places within the municipalities of Charlottetown and Cornwall on Oct. 28, they collected virtually as a lot meals as in previous years – which was excellent news for organizers and the Higher Room Meals Financial institution and Soup Kitchen.
“Simply by it I feel we’re pretty near final 12 months,’’ Higher Room govt director Mike MacDonald advised SaltWire on Oct. 31.
“We didn’t have excessive expectations contemplating how issues have been going, so we’re more than happy with what the final couple of days have introduced.’’
MacDonald stated he’ll know the ultimate complete when the meals is weighed within the coming days.
MacDonald and most of the organizers have been a bit involved concerning the affect excessive inflation might need on this 12 months’s occasion. To assist counter that, the Charlottetown Y Service Membership strategically despatched volunteers into particular places and chosen drop-off spots.
“While you go door-to-door, you simply get two cans of soup, proper,’’ stated Blair Cutcliffe, long-time president of the membership. “This time some individuals have been exhibiting up with three or 4 packing containers. The volunteers have been completely satisfied, particularly when individuals confirmed up with two, three, 4 luggage at a time.’’
A key transfer this 12 months was to arrange on the entrance of the Sobeys and Atlantic Superstore places – excessive visitors areas the place consumers rapidly helped to fill the again of the vans.
“Anybody who went and stated, ‘gee, I forgot concerning the meals drive,’ they went within the retailer they usually got here out, one bag for themselves and one bag for us, which labored out simply nice for us.’’
It additionally allowed Cutcliffe to trim again on his volunteers from 450 to about 80.
“Subsequent 12 months, possibly we’ll transfer over to Mel’s (on St. Peters Highway). Lot extra visitors there,’’ Cutcliffe chuckled, referring to the enterprise in East Royalty.
The Stratford Y Service Membership is anticipated to host a meals drive within the subsequent couple of weeks.
Dave Stewart is a reporter with SaltWire in Prince Edward Island. He could be reached at [email protected] or on X @DveStewart