Student canvass for Caring Cupboard goes June 4

Eric McCarthy
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ELMSDALE – With the shelves of the West Prince Caring Cupboard traditionally low at this time of year, students and teachers at Westisle Composite High School are getting set for their 12th annual food drive.

Westisle Composite High School teacher, Marilyn Hudson spots for students Brynn Smallman, left, and Brooke Smallman as they get in shape for some heavy lifting. Hudson is one of the coordinators of the school’s annual food drive for the West Prince Caring Cupboard. It will be taking place Wednesday, June 4, 5 to 7 p.m., in communities throughout West Prince.

It will be taking place in West Prince communities between 5 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4.

Marilyn Hudson, a teacher organizer of the food drive, admits thought was given to moving the food drive to a different time of year, because early June is a busy time for students and teachers preparing for final exams.

However, a decision was made to leave the food drive in early June because the three depots that make up the West Prince Caring Cupboard depend heavily on the event to stock their shelves at this time of year.

The drive has been highly successful, Hudson said, noting some families even leave food items on their steps if they know they are not going to be home when canvassers stop by.

About 20 staff members from the West Prince high school will be at the wheel of their vehicles, each driving two to four students to homes in Tignish, Miminegash/St. Louis, Alberton, O’Leary, Tyne Valley/Ellerslie and other communities as well as stops at relatives of students along the way.  

At the end of the two-hour collection period, the participating canvassers will deliver their collection of food to the three depots.

Geographic location: West Prince, Tignish, St. Louis Tyne Valley

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