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Ste. Anne’s food bank recovering thanks to community donations


PHOTO BY STEPHANIE O’HANLEY

After its main premises at 176 Sainte-Anne suffered heavy damage from flooding, the community rallied and the Ste. Anne's food bank, known as the Comptoir alimentaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, served customers March 18 at its temporary location in a nearby church sacristy.

With flood waters receded, the Ste. Anne’s food bank is up and running, thanks to community support, including money and food donations.

Last Thursday, May 18, the Comptoir alimentaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue reopened at the sacristy at Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue church, welcome news to beneficiaries.

“They were really relieved and happy to know we were able to serve them last week,” said Lucie LaRose, vice-president of the Comptoir alimentaire. “So we’re up and running part-time here and there behind the church.”

The food bank regularly serves 40 households and is there for flood victims as well, LaRose said. “Once (clients) have access to their house, they can come and see us and we’ll be able to help fill up the fridge.”

As for losses, LaRose said the food bank is waiting for a green light to re-enter their premises at 176 rue Sainte-Anne, damaged by flooding.

“We can’t really evaluate how much we lost as we don’t have access to the inventory of what we really lost,” said LaRose. “We lost the food obviously but we lost shelving, printers whatever they needed to work, chairs, tables, little things.”

LaRose urged people to donate to a GoFundMe campaign District 3 Councillor Francis Juneau set up on behalf of the Comptoir alimentaire, known as the Food Counter in English. “If they want to continue giving us donations on GoFundMe, that’s very appreciated.”

At press time, the GoFundMe campaign had raised over $7,700. “It will make a big difference for them,” said Juneau, whose district was affected by the floods. “I’m really happy with the results so far. I think we’ll get to our goal pretty soon so that’s really nice.”

Juneau said the food bank received some promises for other monies and urged anyone wanting to help to please donate. “The money will be well managed,” he said, pointing out the food bank’s board of directors includes town employees, a former employee of the church, and a former town councillor. “So it’s a serious board.”

Ste. Anne’s resident Angie Gery not only coordinated a community picnic for flood victims held last Saturday at the Westview Bible Church in Pierrefonds, she collected “six or seven” boxes of food for the Comptoir alimentaire. “We were able to give back $156 for the food bank just to help with whatever they need to have done,” Gery said.

“The picnic itself was mostly for any of the flood victims but I wanted to help my own community and that’s why I had those boxes out and I had the money and people were just donating on both ends,” she said.

To donate to the food bank’s GoFundMe campaign, visit www.gofundme.com/ste-anne-de-bellevueor write a cheque to the "Food Counter" and drop it in the box provided at the Harpell Center, 60 rue Saint-Pierre.

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