Gonzaga Prep begins annual food drive

Recently I visited Gonzaga Prep and the students there are doing some great things for the community. Here’s one of them:

The Gonzaga Preparatory School community continues the year-long celebration of the school’s 125th anniversary with today’s kick-off of the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, a 70+ year tradition.  Each of the 901 students will collect 50 – 100 pounds of food. Each home room is responsible for three to eight families in addition to helping an emergency food bank/pantry.   Many students exceed their goals, so the total food collected is about 100,000 pounds.

“This year we have received more requests to help feed families than ever before.  We are very grateful for the tremendous support of the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene community as Gonzaga Prep tries to do its part to help meet this need,” said Fr. Kevin Connell, S.J. Gonzaga Prep’s principal.

Gonzaga Preparatory School will conclude the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive with a Mass of Thanksgiving on Nov. 23 23 at 10 a..m in the Scarpelli gymnasium.  Gonzaga Prep students will leave Mass, and go directly to distribute food and turkeys to 200 families. In addition, students will be delivering to Food Bank/Pantries including: Second Harvest, the Spokane and Colville Native American Tribes, Morning Star Baptist Church, Mary Queen Parish, St. Francis Xavier Parish, St. Thomas More Parish, Women and Children’s Free Restaurant, Our Place, Guse Summit View Apartments, and families from Head Start Programs.

Gonzaga Prep has a team of 12 students who put months of time and energy into organizing, planning, and energizing the entire school.  The Thanksgiving Food Drive allows the Gonzaga Prep community, its students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff, to put their faith and learning into direct and meaningful action.

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