Super Bowl Weekend Food Drives Results Are In!
The Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach was involved in and the beneficiary of six separate food drives over Super Bowl weekend. Our staff was overwhelmed last week sorting, inventorying, storing, and distributing approximately 18,000 pounds of food donated over the weekend.
As previously posted, the Saint Therese Center staff spent the day preceding Super Bowl Sunday transporting donated food from Smith’s supermarkets throughout the valley to the local Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House does one food drive annually to stock their pantry for the year. This year, they raised more than 40,000 pounds of food and $13,800 in cash! In fact, they did so well this year that they passed on 9,750 pounds of food to the Saint Therese Center. We were extremely busy on that day driving, loading, unloading, and sorting food, but we all had a great time. The Saint Therese Center firmly believes in the mission of the Ronald McDonald House and we’re very grateful for the food they donated to our pantry. Click here to see press release from the Ronald McDonald House speaking of the success of this year's food drive.
On the same day, volunteers from the Rotary Club of Green Valley were out collecting donations at Albertson’s to benefit the Saint Therese Center. In addition to almost 3,000 pounds of food, they collected more than $200 in cash. The Rotary Club is an excellent model of generosity and desire to serve their great community. It is the selflessness of volunteers and contributing organizations that keep the Saint Therese Center running smoothly. Thank you to all those who spent their free time during the weekend to help us serve our clients.
Finally, over the course of the weekend, four local parishes collected donations for the Saint Therese Center. Saint Viator, Saint France de Sales School, Saint Thomas More, and Saint Peter the Apostle all pitched in to collect more than 5,000 pounds of food. In the spirit of the big football weekend, Saint Francis de Sales School allowed their students to come to school wearing a football jersey, provided they donate at least one item of food. These parishes have been great partners to the Saint Therese Center over the years and we appreciate their continued support!