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Students Support St. Joseph Families with a Thanksgiving Food Drive

Prep Students Raise more than $2,300 in annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

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 Director Tricia Lyngen and the SJP Service Club loaded 20 boxes and bags of food into the truck from the food shelf. They collected more than $2,300 in cash and checks to support the food shelf’s Thanksgiving efforts. The money will be used to purchase turkeys, pies, buns and other perishable items. This year the Saint John’s Prep food drive will serve more than 30 families in St. Joseph.

Students from grades 6 through 12 collected food and money to contribute to the food shelf 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 mix, cans of broth and cream of mushroom soup, bags of potatoes and other holiday staples. Other items included breakfast cereal, boxes of macaroni and cheese, containers of cookies and other kid-friendly favorites.

“The generosity of our students and families is remarkable. 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.

The Catholic/Benedictine co-educational day-and-boarding college prep school in Collegeville is for students in grades 6-12, with boarding options beginning in the ninth grade.

Non-perishable food items can be placed on the food-shelf cart under the balcony in the Church of St. Joseph at 12 W. Minnesota St. Cash contributions can also be mailed to the parish office. Checks should be payable to “Church of St. Joseph” with “food shelf” on the memo line. All donations are needed and welcomed.