During October, six Catholic elementary schools in Springfield (St. Aloysius, St. Agnes, Christ the King, Little Flower, Blessed Sacrament and Cathedral) collected food each week from students and families.
“Catholic Charities wants to extend our deepest gratitude … for getting behind the Super Food Drive Challenge and bringing in 17,646 pounds of food to the Holy Family Food Pantry and exceeding our expectations,” said Amber Cerveny, development coordinator for Catholic Charities Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. “We have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of our school children and families,” she said. “The Holy Family Food Pantry is an invaluable resource for families in need across central Illinois, but our supplies have been low, especially considering the holiday season approaching. So, all this food will go a long way in helping families in need, providing them meals, but most importantly, providing them love. I want to thank all our Catholic schools and families who donated. They have all been superheroes, and we are humbled by their response.”
Beginning Oct. 2 and continuing to Oct. 27, students and families brought in food each week to their school and then Catholic Charities picked up the food and weighed it at the HSHS St. John’s Hospital loading dock to see which school was the weekly winner.