The work of the Society could not be accomplished without the support of our community. That said, this spring, we were blessed to have several schools and businesses host drives to help stock the Society’s Client Choice Food Pantry so we can continue serving those in need.
Stanley Clark’s first grade class brought in 588 cans of soup. Dale Seely and Anne Watson also talked with the kids during their visit to the SVDP Program Center about poverty and how their donation would be used in the pantry.
Local businesses from Heritage Square in Granger collected 25 boxes of non-perishable food items at the end of March.
The Mendoza College of Business and the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame collected more than 100 boxes of food during Lent; these donations will help fill our pantry in the coming months.
As part of the annual Eric’s Promise Program, Marian High School collected hygiene items during Lent to honor the memory of Marian student Eric Henry, who was dedicated to the mission of the Society.
St. Joseph Grade School also collected 3,200 hygiene items including toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, and deodorant as part of Eric’s Promise. These are items that people cannot purchase with food stamps and are generally not donated to the Society.
Thank you to each and every person who participated in these food drives. These donations are critical in serving our neighbors in need. We cannot provide for those in need without your help. ■