Pandemic Food Drive

Pandemic Food Drive


Council: 114 - BANGOR

Project Description:

I’m excited to share with you Pine Cone Council’s Outreach during the Pandemic within our community.
The Community needed our help in restocking the food cupboards. St. Paul the Apostle Parish Food Cupboard Organizer is Sara Cox. Sara, Fr. Murray, and the Grand Knight, Keith Forbes discussed the need, and the impact a Food Drive would have in restocking the cupboards. Sara put together the following announcement for this weekend’s church bulletin, the Priest’s announced and promoted the food drive at masses, put it on the parish website and to all the ministries of the parish.
FOOD DRIVE: St. Paul the Apostle Parish supports food cupboards throughout our area. In March and April, we have not been able to have our regular food collections. To help re-stock the shelves at the food cupboards, our parish will sponsor a food drive on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all six of our churches. The Knights of Columbus will be at each church to accept donations of non-perishable food items.
It was Knights desire to do this safely, maintaining the six-foot separation guidelines, and to avoid contact. The Knights responsibility was to put out the collection containers ie, totes, cardboard boxes, place them on tables, that way people could just drive by, place the items in the containers and off they go. Of the 22 Brother Knights who volunteered to help, some sat in their vehicles, while others sat in chairs, others roamed around spoke to people who where coming or going, all the time maintaining at least six feet of distance.
We monitored the containers, make them neat for better packing. At the end of the day, the Knights deliver the food to the Bangor Food Cupboard, to the Winterport food cupboard, to the Hampden food cupboard and on Monday to the Brewer food Cupboard.
The food drive was covered by WABI and Fox News, showing the generosity of the Parish Community as well as the Knights of Columbus. All together the Parish Faith Community donated approximately 1200 pounds of food, and over $700.00 in cash and checks that were given to the respected area food cupboards. 22 Knights, two wives and three children gave of their hearts, and shared God’s Love to their neighbors. Pure Joy!

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