The new chair of the West Nipissing Food Bank says the students of Franco Cite are a tremendous help to the agency.

Ken Parrin was reacting to the 19,000 pounds of food the students collected across the municipality in their annual food drive.

Once collected, the students formed a human chain that took the huge collection to the food bank where Parrin says the volunteers are now organizing.

Parrin says the food bank would not exist without the help of the Franco Cite food drive and the generosity of the residents of West Nipissing.

He says the value of what the students brought in is about $45,000 to $50,000.

Parrin says there’s enough food to sustain the agency for the rest of the year.

Parrin says people can still drop off food at the Nipissing Street site or if that’s not possible, he can arrange for pickups by calling him at 753-4061.

Parrin recently took over as chair following the death this past August of long-time chair Claudette LeRoy.

He says the food bank has also created a website and the public is welcome to leave constructive criticism on it.