Local food drives chugging on


Allyson Beauregard

MRC PONTIAC – The organizers of the region’s two largest food drives, Bouffe Pontiac and the Knights of Columbus, are making plans to continue supporting the community during the holiday season while complying with pandemic regulations.
In Fort-Coulonge and Mansfield, the Knights of Columbus will be conducting its annual Christmas food drive “Guignolée” on Friday, December 11 and the Christmas baskets will be distributed on December 12. To register, residents must contact Samantha Dagenais of Bouffe Pontiac at 819-648-2550. The deadline to register is December 1.
Teams of volunteers, all wearing masks, will still go door to door collecting food and cash donations, but they will be unable to enter homes. “It’s usually a
really social event, but unfortunately this year it will have to be a little less social,” said Kenny Hobbs, a Knight.
Unfortunately, Bouffe Pontiac is unable to host its regular food drive to collect food and cash donations at various intersections across the MRC Pontiac. “There
are usually 12 or more people at each intersection and it’s impossible to keep a
two meter distance,” said Kim Laroche, Bouffe Pontiac director. The fundraiser
raises around $10,000 every year.
But the setback won’t stop Bouffe Pontiac from fulfilling its mandate and
distributing around 200 food baskets to needy Pontiac residents this Christmas
season. According to Laroche, the organization’s employees are working on
a plan to collect the funds they usually raise during the food drive; details will
be announced in the coming weeks.