RUSSELL – The Kin Club of Russell and local volunteers have been delivering Russell Foodland groceries free of charge, Monday to Friday, for almost two months throughout the township. The local volunteers and the Kin Club decided to save their tips from the many generous grocery purchasers and funnel them to the Embrun Food Bank. On May 5, they turned over their tip money, $4,715.00, to the Embrun Food Bank.
The March 13 partnership between Russell Foodland manager/owner Karine Boucher and the Kin Club of Russell commenced with Boucher’s idea to deliver groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the public and her staff. She just didn’t know how she was going to do it. The Kin Club of Russell stepped up, and under the leadership of project chair Kin Nicholas Beauchamp, he set up delivery schedules for the Kin Club of Russell members and the many local volunteers who wanted to help. Kin Nicholas also made grocery deliveries almost every day. Together, everyone volunteered their time free of charge to assist in the deliveries.
The public were extremely appreciative and showed their appreciation with tips for the deliveries. A beaming project chair Nicholas Beauchamp was very appreciative of everyone’s contributions, “Everyone has been so generous, understanding and appreciative. This is a win-win-win for the entire township!”
Initial deliveries at the start of this project peaked around 60 per day and has slowly since reduced to 20 – 25 per day. The Kin Club of Russell and the many local volunteers will continue to deliver groceries as long as necessary … and they will continue to accumulate tips for the Embrun Food Bank thanks to appreciative customers.