We kindly ask for your donations of non-perishable food items to help fill our truck!
In addition to canned and boxed items, we kindly ask you to consider baking products such as sugar and flour, and baby food.
Students will be manning the Brotherhood Commons every day to count, sort, and pack the items. We invite you to stop in and witness our young men at work.
On the afternoon of December 18, an assembly line of students and faculty will load the truck -- preparing for delivery the following day. Students will accompany the donation to its destination, unloading the goods and seeing firsthand the impact this gift will have in our local community. The care and concern exhibited by our students is simply inspiring.
The Food Basket campaign began in 1970 and continues today to be a highlight of the St. Joe's experience for many of our students. The entire campaign is student-run, with participation from students of all grade levels, and under the guidance of Social Studies Teacher Michael Stewart and Science Teacher Anthony Shilen. After weeks of daily collection of the non-perishable food items, the campaign provides more than 30,000 food items annually to local organizations.
The Warming House of Olean, a student-run soup kitchen in cooperation with St. Bonaventure's Franciscan Center for Social Concern, receives a large portion of our collection. The center's mission is to provide nourishment, fellowship, and dignity to its guests - serving more than 12,000 meals annually. It has grown into a true community center and valuable resource for Olean-area residents. The donation from our generous school community supplies the center with the majority of their shelf-stable food for the entire year.