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. But, 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.
Dates – The kick-off con will be on Wednesday, November 13, during Community Period. On Wednesday, November 27, school starts at 8:30 a.m. with sorting and loading, Mass, picking up pies and turkeys, cleaning up and delivery.
Recipients – Period 1 classes will be delivering food to 200+ families and providing bulk food to Native American tribes, Second Harvest, Idaho parishes and a number of small food pantries. We obtain the names of the recipients from churches, Catholic Charities, and various local agencies. Each Period 1 will be assigned families to whom they will deliver food or groups to whom they will provide bulk food.
Specific Goals for Food and Money - The Food Drive committee needs $6 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 115 lbs/student. Below is a list of what food banks typically need:
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
Pasta or Rice
Healthy cereals (low sugar and fat)
Flour, baking 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.
Transportation Form – Period 1 teachers will are responsible for securing a parent/guardian signed Transportation Form for every student driving or being driven for the Food Drive. This includes the delivery day and class-sponsored after school collection.
Drivers – Homerooms are responsible for arranging drivers to deliver food. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to volunteer to drive.
Solicitation Letter – Some businesses and individuals want a letter on Gonzaga Prep letterhead for program authentication or tax purposes. A letter can be found on the Prep web page, under Faith & Service, Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Day of Delivery, Wednesday, November 27 - School starts at 8:30am. Food will be sorted and loaded. At 10am everyone attends Mass in the gym. After Mass classes pick up your turkeys and pies. Clean up. Delivery begins and when deliveries are completed students are dismissed for the day. For most students that will be between noon and 1pm.
Questions Contact Barry Barfield, 509-483-8511, extension 512, firstname.lastname@example.org
Go Set the World on Fire!!