10th annual St. Vincent Place Big Blue Box drive goes off without a hitch
SAULT STE. MARIE -- The Sault's St. Vincent Place Food Bank says it couldn't be happier with the turnout for its annual Big Blue Box drive.
Operations were condensed Saturday as it had to meet physical distancing and social gathering guidelines, but organizers say it's on track to do the same numbers as last year.
"There's no official tally yet, but we think we're going to average around the same, $34,000," said Sara McCleary, Marketing and Fundrasing Coordinator at St. Vincent Place.
McCleary says the tenth-annual drive has been relatively smooth, despite having to make some adjustments.
She credits that to the help of the food bank's enthusiastic volunteer pool.
"We've actually seen an outpouring of support since the pandemic began," she said.
"People who are able to help, whether it's donate or volunteer, have been really, really anxious to do that."
People like Christine Neonen, who says this is her 12th year volunteering at the food bank.
She says she credits her parents as her inspiration to get involved.
"My parents have been doing this for 20 years here, so I'm just the next generation," she said.
"There's a pretty loyal bunch here in the Sault to the foodbank."
The food bank says it believes it will have all the food stored away within the next few days.