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Russet House donates funds and fries to Moisson Sud-Ouest

As part of its major fundraising campaign, “Take Hunger Off the Table,” Moisson Sud-Ouest held a joint press conference with Russet House in Huntingdon on October 11 to announce a significant financial commitment to the regional food bank.

The Huntingdon-based potato processing facility donated $10,000 to Moisson Sud-Ouest to help the organization acquire a larger warehouse and the necessary equipment to continue to operate. The 85 community organizations serviced by Moissons Sud-Ouest – those that offer food aid to residents of the MRCs du Haut-Saint-Laurent, de Beauharnois-Salaberry, and de Vaudreuil-Soulanges – will also soon have access to a $5,000 donation of frozen french fries to add to their pantries.

The announcement was made in front of a gathering of representatives from local organizations, as well as Salaberry-Suroît MP Claude DeBellefeuille and Huntingdon MNA Carole Mallette.

Russet House has long considered community and belonging as central to the company’s values and is proud to contribute to the area’s development through its involvement in local issues such as food security. “I am moved by everything the organizations of our territory accomplish each year, and Russet House is proud to contribute,” said Russet House CEO Leopold Moyen. “I am convinced that by continuing to join our forces, we can make a difference in the fight against hunger in the Haut-Saint-Laurent region,” he continued.


Group of people standing behind a extra large sample cheque placard showing amount of donation
Russet House announced a $15000 donation to the Moisson Sud Ouest food bank during a press conference on October 11 in Huntingdon PHOTO Moisson Sud Ouest


For Marie-Andrée Prévost, the president of Moisson Sud-Ouest, the support provided by Russet House will go a long way towards helping to feed vulnerable families. “Our warehouse does not have the capacity to store enough food. We must double its size to reach 20,000 square feet, which will enable us to adequately handle the growing needs in this period of inflation,” she explained.

This year alone, Moisson Sud-Ouest has helped over 8,300 people per month, of which 44 per cent were children. The food bank has collected, sorted, and redistributed over 625,000 kilograms of food valued at 6.5 million dollars. But the demand, which has increased by nearly 30 per cent over the past three years, keeps growing.

The Take Hunger Off the Table campaign aims to raise one million dollars within the business community of the three MRCs served by Moisson-Sud-Ouest. Nearly $470,000 has been raised since the start of the campaign in June 2021.

“We are convinced that with the support of the business community, we will successfully feed more people in our community,” said Prévost. (SR)

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