St. Mary’s Dominican High School’s 19th annual food drive collected 30,352 cans of food and dry goods for the Second Harvest Food Bank, representing an estimated 25,071 pounds of donations. Emily Slazer, Food Sourcing Specialist – East at Second Harvest Food Bank said the donation will “equate to 20,893 meals for families across south Louisiana. Dominican has been one of Second Harvest Food Bank’s top five highest grossing food drives the last several years, and we’re so grateful for your support!”
Jill Cabes, Vice President of Dominican Catholic Identity, called the food drive “one of Dominican’s major whole school service projects that allows us to put our principles of Catholic Social Teaching into action. There is a building sense of excitement and urgency to reach our goal as we approach the end of the drive and it really fosters sense of community among our student body.”
This year’s annual food drive kicked off after the Justice Awareness Mass with a spirited video featuring religion faculty and staff dressed as characters from the movie, “Trolls” and dancing to the film’s theme song, “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” with the added call to action: Stop the Hunger.
Congratulations to the students and the religion teachers who spearheaded the drive’s teams:
Team Delgado: Grandma Rosie Puff
Team Donnelly: DJ Suki
Team Cusimano: Biggie
Team Bordelon: Poppy
Team Gonnella: Branch
Team Ferry: Creek
Team Fields/Gallagher: Cooper
This year’s canned food drive was an increase of 10,124 over the 2017 drive.