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PICTOU – Volunteers who operate local food banks are praising those groups that have helped them stock up for the holiday season.

Elsie MacDonald at the Pictou West Food Bank said it has an ample supply of food and personal items she and her fellow volunteers like to have over Christmas and New Year’s.
“We’re doing really well,” she said.

“We’re very pleased and thankful for the donations coming in; and we have enough to take us into the New Year.”

She said local groups like members of the Pictou Lobster Carnival committee have helped recently to ensure the food bank is well stocked for the season.

“We never had a food drive until last year when the Lobster Carnival decided to do it,” she said. “We’re very pleased they thought of it. The food drive at Sobeys was wonderful.”
Northern Pulp also had a three-day food drive last week that ended on Thursday.

Employees and visitors were encouraged to fill a tractor trailer with food and personal items that food banks offer to those in need.

The Pictou County Food Bank in New Glasgow is also well-stocked for the season, said Peggy Burton, who volunteers at the facility in New Glasgow.

“We are getting quite well stocked with food,” she said.

“It won’t last long into February, but we can give them some extra things based on supply of food and monetary donations, which is how we have turkeys to provide. The donations have been excellent.”

The food bank in Pictou operates from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The food bank in New Glasgow operates through the morning on those days.

Northern Pulp completed a three-day drive in support of local food banks as they filled a tracker trailer with food and other items and accepted monetary donations. From left are Northern Pulp employees Kathy Cloutier, Corinne Walsh and Robert Francis beside the trailer, provided by Fulton’s Trucking.     (Goodwin photo)

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