High school delivers with food drive for local Food Bank

Steph Armstrong
Staff Reporter

Barry’s Bay—From Sept 21-30th Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) returned for the first month of school, and hit the ground running, with their annual food drive on behalf of the Madawaska Valley Food Bank—located at 8 Martin St. in Barry’s Bay and opened every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, between the hours of 8:30 and 11am.

“We organize this every single year. We collect food by class, and the class that brings in the most food gets a pizza party. We make it into a fun contest as incentive to support the community and what we can do … and I think we’re just going to keep doing things like this; we’ve already got plans for our Christmas food drive, so we’re back full-force,” detailed MVDHS teacher and food drive organizer, Melissa Penner.

“We’re open two times a month … and since COVID we’re seeing over twice as many clients than we had before. We’re dealing with new people every time we’re open, pretty much. People have less and groceries are costing more, so we’ve been getting hit from both directions; every little bit really helps,” said Madawaska Valley Food Bank representative, Paul Thompson, who was available for the food drive donation presentation on it’s final day.

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