Co-op collects food bank donations

Lisa Goudy
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Gabrielle Compain of Canadian Pacific and Co-Op grocery manager Rick Cartmen pose with the food collections at the First Avenue Northwest location to support the local food bank on Dec. 5, 2013. It coincided with the arrival of the holiday train.

The Co-op did its part to support the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank on Thursday.

Rick Cartmen, grocery manager at the First Avenue Northwest location, said the Co-op sold bags for $10 to coincide with the holiday train that arrived Thursday night in support of the local food bank.

Included in the bag are 11 items, such as tomatoes, soups, ham, rice, macaroni, stuffing and juices. The goal was to sell 550 bags to raise $5,500.

“We do it with the holiday train because we’re supporting something locally and the holiday train is coming by us,” he said. “There’s a lot of need out there for the food bank ... We enjoy doing it.”

Gabrielle Compain of Canadian Pacific has been involved with the holiday train since 2008.

“Our holiday train goes across Canada and the U.S. building awareness of hunger and the need for making donations,” she said. “I really appreciate the Co-op taking the time of their employees to provide the bags and organizing the food so this day can happen.”

She added her experience with the holiday train has been nothing but positive.

“It’s fabulous. I get goosebumps when I see it rolling in. It’s a beautiful sight for sure,” said Compain. “People love to see the train, so they come out by the carloads.”

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Organizations: Canadian Pacific

Geographic location: First Avenue Northwest, Canada, U.S.

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