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October 14, 2020
Covid-19 has disrupted so many things in our lives in 2020, but it hasn’t disrupted the generosity of the people of West Nipissing. At this time of year, just prior to Thanksgiving, École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité holds its annual ‘Une canne ça depanne’ food drive, which usually involves students going door-to-door to collect for the West Nipissing Food Bank and then forming a huge human chain and parade to deliver the mountain of goods. This year, unfortunately, all of those activities were curtailed. Nevertheless, Franco-Cité followed through by promoting a food drive under the new Covid-19 restrictions and, according to food bank president Don Clendenning, the results were magnificent.
While food donations were not as substantial as in previous years, the monetary made up for any lack as a whopping $4,605 was donated, along with approximately 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food gathered from throughout West Nipissing.
Clendenning said of the modified format this year, “There was a lot of planning, and it went very well. We had 4 or 5 remote drop-off spots and they were quite successful.” Food bank volunteer Andrée Beaudin-Trottier and her husband went to all drop-off locations throughout West Nipissing and made the collections. “They gathered the donations and talked to everyone there and brought it back to the food bank… We have about 12 or 15 volunteers on the books, but there are always some who show up… so we had probably 20 volunteers. …It’s been a difficult year but it has been absolutely amazing, the generosity of the town’s people.”