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Saint John’s Prep Students Support 27 Families this Thanksgiving

Saint John’s Prep students, faculty and staff are sharing the spirit of Thanksgiving by donating food and money to the St. Joseph Community Food Shelf.

SJP Campus Ministry Directory Br. Lucian Lopez, OSB delivered 20 boxes and bags of food and $1,805 in cash and checks to the food shelf. This year the Saint John’s Prep food drive will serve 27 families in the St. Joseph community. The money will be used to purchase turkeys, pies, buns and other perishable items.

Students in grades 6 through 12 collected food and money to serve local families a hearty and healthy Thanksgiving meal. This year families brought in non-perishable food items including canned vegetables, bottles of juice, boxes of stuffing, dry biscuit mixes, cans of broth and cream of mushroom soup, and bags of potatoes. Other items included breakfast cereal, boxes of macaroni and cheese, containers of cookies and other kid-friendly favorites.

“I am so thankful for how quickly our students, families, faculty and staff responded to our call for donations last week. Their generosity is remarkable, and more important this year than ever. It’s a wonderful display of the depth of community and gratitude at Prep and symbolic of the Benedictine values we hold as a school,” said Head of School Jon McGee.

“At Saint John’s Prep, we have excellent academics, but our goal is to also teach our students to be aware of their communities. We encourage them to be involved and become lifelong volunteers who contribute to their communities and neighbors. This was a wonderful way for our students to come together and support the community this Thanksgiving,” said Br. Lucian Lopez, OSB.

Br. Lopez worked with Ann Scherer, the coordinator of the food shelf, to coordinate this year’s Thanksgiving food drive. If you would like to support the organization, you can bring non-perishable food items to the Church of St. Joseph. Cash or checks can also be mailed to the church. Clients of the food shelf must live in the St. Joseph area to receive assistance. For more information about the St. Joseph Community Food Shelf, contact the Church of St. Joseph.