Below is the press release for the just-ended Andy Skrobola Memorial Holiday Food Drive.
Our K of C council will continue the effort with a food distribution to a shorter list of needy families on Saturday December 14th at St Paul Monastery.
Around 200 hams will be donated to food-related charities in Youngstown.
Another Andy Skrobola Memorial Holiday Food Drive has come to an end, and it was an overwhelming success.
40 families consisting of about 140 people were fed for a week at Thanksgiving.
Families also received turkey and grocery vouchers.
The annual food drive is a combined effort of the Canfield Lions, the Knights of Columbus, Canfield Community Care Net, Canfield Rotary and the Canfield High School Leos Club.
Canfield residents filled grocery bags with non-perishable food and other items.
The Lions, Leos and Knights dropped bags at 5,000 area homes, and the Leos picked up the filled bags.
Township residents brought their filled bags to one of the three local fire stations.
The Lions purchased the turkey vouchers, Community Care Net provided food vouchers, and the Rotary Club provided winter coats.
Food Drive Chairman Phil Bova said, “Each family received between $100 and $250 in vouchers depending upon the number of individuals in the family. We thank the community, for making this worthwhile endeavor possible.”
It’s about celebrating the intrinsic worth and dignity of every single human being through Special Olympics.
Back on June 9, members of Council 11369 joined Brother Knights from Boardman Council 11915 and Campbell Council 13466 at Austintown Fitch High School Stadium, helping the athletes prepare for venues such as the Long Jump, Softball and Javelin throw.
Also, between 100 and 130 students and people from different organizations and clubs throughout the Mahoning Valley take time to volunteer at this event.
Thanks as well to Fitch Stadium, which has served as he practice site for Special Olympics for 48 straight years!
It was a practice event for athletes who were participating in the State Summer Games in Columbus on June 23-25.
Without the support of the Knights, participants would not be able to train for the events that they love.
Knights of Columbus councils have assisted with all aspects of the program around the world, from fundraising to feeding the athletes, organizing and judging events, and providing equipment and awards.