Tornado in Gatineau: 46 tons of food for the needy

Tornade à Gatineau: 46 tonnes d'aliments pour les sinistrés

Thanks to the generosity of the public and many partners, Moisson Outaouais will be installed Saturday in the middle of the area hit by the tornado of September 21, last, to distribute a thousand baskets to help the affected people of sector Mont-Bleu.

With proof of residence, the victims are asked to come to the high school Philemon Wright of 10 h to 16 h to receive a basket of food and hygiene products.

Eggs, fruit, vegetables, minced meat, cheese, cereal, pasta, milk, breads, canned foods and yogurt are some of the items that will go in the boxes distributed. Families with young children can also avail themselves of diapers and wet wipes, for example. The approximate value of each basket is $ 150.

In total, 46 000 kilograms of food will be distributed to citizens affected by the disaster.

“We’re going to move directly into the area affected to make travel easier. With the power outages, the people returned to their homes and have had to go threw what they had in their refrigerator and their freezer. They have lost a lot of things. This aid will thus, enable them to increase their provisions. And it is really fresh food that was especially needed the relief, because in the case of those who were able to return to their homes, the non-perishable food items are still there. Regardless of their economic situation, the victims can present themselves in the place, it’s part of our mission is to ensure food security, ” says the spokesperson for Moisson Outaouais, Marie-Michèle Module.

People will be able to recover the baskets behind the school on a route by car.

As of Wednesday, nearly 1800 people registered at the centre of disaster services. In the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, 83 people have stayed in the hotel while 29 others have been accommodated at the accommodation centre.

Ms. Barrette stressed that this redistribution of foodstuffs, without doubt one of the most impressive in the history of the regional food bank, has proven to be a colossal job.

“It was not easy to purchase in big quantity in a time as short. For our suppliers, it was a challenge also. Our partners in the provincial network (food Banks of Quebec) have contributed a lot. It represents more than $ 100,000 in purchases and I had to dump just about all of our inventory, but with the donations received, including a very important one, it’s going to be able to cover the expenses. “

In the medium term, a second distribution of baskets of food is not excluded by Moisson Outaouais.

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A brunch to benefit the Red Cross

A dozen organizations, businesses and media in the region combine to give a helping hand to victims of tornado of the 21st of September.

A brunch, for which all profits will be paid to the Red Cross will be held on Sunday, October 14 at the agora of the Maison du citoyen, in Gatineau.

Two services are scheduled, that is, from 10h to 12h and from 12h to 14h. Tickets are on sale online at a cost of$ 45 per adult and$ 15 per child ten years and under.

People are also invited to bring non-perishable food items and hygiene products. A silent auction will also be held on-site.

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