CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – The numbers were down during the Y men’s food drive this year.
The annual food drive in support of the upper house hospitality ministry has declined by about 30%.
Where the drive collected 35 pallets of food in 2020, volunteers counted 24 at this year’s event, said Upper Room president Mike MacDonald.
“It’s a significant drop, but I think it kind of leads to the high price of food, the high price of fuel, and all the uncertainty. I think people are a little more careful with what. they do with their own money and with their donations.
But it’s not a disappointment, he says.
“That’s about 23, 24 pallets of food more than we had at the start of the day, and we’re very happy with it. We are aware that this is a decrease from last year, but at the same time, we would like to thank everyone who came to donate and everyone who gave time to volunteer.
Still, the Upper Room and the Y’s Men’s Club will be looking at what may need to change ahead of the next event, he said.
“We’re always reassessing the way we do things, and that’s definitely what we’re doing now. It’s a bit early for us to say we would do something differently, but it’s definitely something that’s on our radar.
Last year, the drive went from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., while this year it was moved from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
It is not known if this change had an impact on the 2021 turnout, MacDonald said,
“Again, this is definitely something we will be looking at.”
“We are always reassessing the way we do things, and we certainly are doing it now.” – Mike MacDonald
Y’s Men’s Club President Blaire Cutcliffe spent the night collecting food at the Spring Park United Church drop-off point.
“We filled seven vehicles: one pickup truck and three SUVs. Some of them have taken a few trips. But overall, we were down (to) about three-quarters or two-thirds of what we normally report. “
FACTBOX: The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry operates a food bank and soup kitchen in Charlottetown:
- The food bank is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- Packed lunches can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
- Food baskets are also now available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursdays in Cornwall at 29 Cornwall Road.
- Islanders can call 902-892-7092 for more information.
The club is having a meeting the week of November 8 to discuss the changes, and two volunteers who were stationed in Cornwall will be there, Cutcliffe said.
“They would like to come back at five to eight, when we found it in Charlottetown, after seven there was hardly anyone (who) passed by.”
He noted that participation is certainly not due to a lack of testing on the part of event coordinator, Nicole Mountain.
“She advertised all over the place,” Cutcliffe said.
While the turnout was disappointing for Cutcliffe, he, like MacDonald, wanted to thank everyone for giving what they could.
“For the people who have donated, we are truly grateful. And we hope next year will be better.
Anyone who missed the food drive on Oct. 25 is welcome to donate to the Upper Room at any time, MacDonald said.
“We’re always looking for things like grain. We’re looking for things like canned meat and tuna, mayonnaise and peanut butter, that sort of thing.
The Upper House is also still in need of cash donations, which go towards things like fresh produce, milk and eggs, MacDonald added.
Logan MacLean is a reporter for the Guardian