Dominican’s Canned Food Drive Collects +48K Cans for Second Harvest Food Bank

Marking the 25th year for its annual canned food drive, St. Mary’s Dominican High School collected 48,499 donations for Second Harvest Food Bank. The theme for this year’s competition was, “Cars,” with all class levels and alumnae participating. The school’s annual drive is led by Dominican’s Campus Ministry Club.

The Senior class brought in the most donations of 15,479; followed by Juniors – 9,272; Freshmen – 9,084; Sophomores – 7,991; 8th Grade – 5,630; and Alumnae – 1,043.

Second Harvest Food Bank leads the fight against hunger in South Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response. Second Harvest provides food and support to 450+ community partners and programs across 23 parishes. The staff and volunteers distribute the equivalent of more than 43 million meals to 300,000+ people a year. 

“Food insecurity is a very local problem in all communities in South Louisiana,” noted John Sillars, Chief Strategy Officer at Second Harvest Food Bank. “In Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, there are roughly 115,000 people who face food insecurity, and more than 40,000 of them are children. These are families who are struggling to make ends meet and face an unexpected expense. That means their food budgets will take a hit. Thankfully, your food donation will quickly be distributed to pantries like the Broadmoor Food Pantry in Orleans or the Kenner Food Bank in Jefferson where families like that can find relief.”