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Thanksgiving Food Drive

Gonzaga Preparatory School

2023 Thanksgiving Food Drive Info


WHY?  Asked the purpose of the Gonzaga Prep Food Drive, most people respond, “to feed the hungry.” Yes, because that fulfills Jesus’ Gospel call to love our neighbor. And, our Mission and the goals of Jesuit education call us to a gain a deeper awareness of the causes of poverty and become committed to justice in social and economic structures.


When? The Drive Con kicks-off on Thursday, November 19, 10:00-11:00am, and culminates with sorting, Mass and delivery on Wednesday, November 22.



  • Students should always carry Prep ID and wear Gonzaga Prep clothing while collecting or delivering.
  • If students encounter problems while collecting or delivering, inform parents/guardians and teacher/administrator as soon as possible.


Collection of Food

  • Outside Grocery Stores. Students must obtain the permission of the manager before collecting outside a grocery store.
  • Door-To-Door. Students may collect door-to-door and/or may leave a note at a door asking folks to leave food out on their porch on a particular day when the student will come back and pick it up (like the Boy Scouts do).
  • Do not collect from homes during the Boy Scouts Drive November 11.
  • Always be polite, appreciative and respectful; you are representing Gonzaga Prep.


 Permission Form - If students will be participating in the off-campus delivery on Wednesday, November 22, after Mass, the student and their parent/guardian must complete this online permission form. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwLmxWPMWEpc4l151by0q5-DeMHE5ZYu5Ax_onCPL0xCxOwA/viewform)  


Recipients – Period 1 classes will be delivering food to 300+ families and providing bulk food to Native American tribes, Second Harvest Food Bank, Catholic Charities housing and a number of small food pantries. Classes will get the preliminary names, telephone numbers and addresses about one week in advance.


Specific Goals for Food and Money  - The Food Drive committee needs $7 from each student to buy the turkeys and pies. There are no specific goals for the food. Historically, Prep has collected about 100,000 pounds of food which averages out to about 120 lbs/student. Below is a list of what food banks typically need and here is a sheet you can print for students to handout at stores or door-to-door:



Peanut Butter

Canned meat, ham, chicken, tuna

Hearty soups, chili, stews

Macaroni and cheese, boxed dinners

Beans (kidney, pinto, navy, black, refried, etc.)
Fruits and Vegetables

Canned fruits and vegetables

Canned or boxed juices

Boxed mashed potatoes

Dried fruit

Pasta or Rice

Healthy cereals (low sugar and fat)

Flour, baking mixes

Stuffing mixes

Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat

Any baby food


Our hope is that we have 100% participation in some form by all students, faculty, staff and administrators.


Weigh Your Food We ask you to weigh your food and report your cumulative total to Liz Slamkoswski.


Turkey/Pie Money – The Food Drive Committee needs $7 from each student to cover the cost of the turkeys and pumpkin pies. 


Extra Money – If your 1st period collects more than is needed for the turkeys/pies, you may use the extra to buy food (milk, eggs, produce, etc.) for your families


Drivers – 1st Period teachers are responsible for arranging drivers to deliver food. (Some anonymous deliveries will be arranged by Mr. Barfield.) Teachers may reach out to parents/guardians to help drive and deliver on November 22.


Solicitation Letter – Some businesses and individuals want a letter on Gonzaga Prep letterhead for program authentication or tax purposes which is located on the Prep web page, under Faith & Service, Thanksgiving Food Drive and here


Sharing  If one homeroom does not have enough food, ask another for help. If one homeroom has more than enough food, share or give to the Second Harvest Food Bank truck in the Perry lot.



Go Set the World on Fire!!!



We ask parents/guardians to complete this Food Drive Permission form if a student is delivering food on Wednesday, November 22, 2023.
Students, if you plan to collect outside of a business, always get business permission! They might ask for this form: