On the ground! Plane loaded with donated food arrives in Sandy Lake First Nation
Over 4,000 kilograms of food made the trip to Ontario's far north.
Ever wanted to know what 3,000 pounds of carrots looks like?
That's some of what a number of Sandy Lake First Nation residents, working in a school gymnasium on Friday, saw as they unloaded and sorted food that was on a Wasaya Airways plane that landed in the far north community earlier in the day.
The plane took off from Thunder Bay, Ont. Friday morning after a special broadcast of Superior Morning and landed in the far north just before noon, ET.
On Friday morning, 10,000 pounds — or 4,536 kilograms — of food was loaded onto a Wasaya Hawker Siddeley 748 — our sleigh for this mission — to fly to Sandy Lake. The use of plane was donated by the First Nations-owned airline.
In addition, from southern Ontario, Leamington-based Southwestern Ontario Gleaners has donated a huge shipment of soup mix, snacks and fresh produce.
On Friday's Superior Morning broadcast, Sandy Lake Chief Bart Meekis thanked the community's "southern brothers and sisters."
"Food is very, very expensive up north," he said. "Maybe three or four times as high as down south."
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Every member of Sandy Lake will receive a fresh food hamper. The community of 2,000 has been instrumental in co-ordinating the in-community transportation and distribution of the food after it arrived — no easy task, considering the –25 C temperatures Friday and the need to protect the fresh fruits and vegetables.
In addition to the donated food, Thunder Bay's Sounds Of the Season also raised about $10,000 in cash, so far.
With files from the CBC's Jody Porter and Ron Desmoulins