The 20th edition of the annual Guignolée des médias du Suroît food drive and fundraiser in support of the Moisson Sud-Ouest food bank surpassed organizers’ expectations by bringing in just under $232,880. Over two decades, the event has raised nearly $1.8 million to help fight hunger across the region.
This year’s event included 13 roadside collection sites in seven municipalities, including Huntingdon in the Haut-Saint-Laurent, which raised almost $115,310 in a single day. A total of $19,379 was donated online, while an additional $98,190 was contributed to the campaign through corporate and individual donations. The total amount exceeds Moisson Sud-Ouest’s initial objective by 22.5 per cent.
According to Afef Ben Youssef, the communications and events agent with Moisson Sud-Ouest, the donations raised during this campaign will be directly invested into finding effective solutions to food scarcity by feeding more people in need.
The amount raised each year is especially important, as it allows the food bank to continue to supply 80 organizations and food pantries in the Haut-Saint-Laurent, Beauharnois-Salaberry, and Vaudreuil-Soulanges regions.
The funds are also used to tide the organization over when donations are scarce, as the need for food continues to increase. (SR)