From left: Morinville Community High School Principal Todd Eistetter, No Frills owners Christ and Tracey Mansbridge, and food program facilitators Deborah Wood and Christine MacDonald pose for a cheque presentation from the local grocers. – Stephen Dafoe Photo
by Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – A local grocer and their customers have stepped up to help three Morinville schools make sure students have the fuel necessary to get through the school day. Chris and Tracey Mansbridge of No Frills presented Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools representatives with a cheque for more than $3,000 this week, monies that will be divided between programs at Morinville Community High School (MCHS), Ecole Notre Dame Elementary School and Georges H. Primeau School.
No Frills franchise owner Chris Mansbridge said each year the store is given an option to collect $2 donations for a local charity from customers at the till. “We always choose to go with the school because about 80 per cent of our employees are students from a school in Morinville or Sturgeon area,” Mansbridge said. “So we always try to give back what we can with what we are able to raise. We asked every customer if they wanted to donate two dollars to the hot lunch program, and with everyone’s generous donations we were able to raise $3,312.”
MCHS representative Deborah Wood said the schools were appreciative of the No Frills donation because the hot lunch program is important for the school and its students. The lunch meal includes a beverage, something hot, a salad and a desert on occasion. “The program is one that is able to support and assist students that are hungry,” she said, adding the lunch program also includes breakfast for some students.
The program has been in place for several years. A little over a year ago, the bagged lunch program changed to focus on hot lunches. “It’s home made,” Wood said. “There’s two of us at the school that cook and then we have two families from Morinville that have also volunteered to cook. We certainly appreciate the support from the people here at No Frills and those that do the cooking.”
Further food related giving
MCHS Principal Todd Eistetter said a recent donation from the Sturgeon Ag Society will be used for the school’s Urban Agriculture Program as well as providing four $1,000 scholarships for a student pursuing an agricultural education. “It’ll be a thousand dollars a year for a student who goes on to an agricultural program at the post secondary level,” Eistetter said.