On Thursday, May 8, Joe Dickens, Director of Curriculum and Supervisor of Instruction of St. Paul’s School, drove a bus from St. Paul’s to St. Scholastica, Archbishop Hannan, St. Peter, Our Lady of the Lake, and Mary Queen of Peace collecting food donations, which he then brought to the Covington Food Bank, which serves residents of Tangipahoa, Washington, and St. Tammany Parishes.
“I think it was a tremendous success. The directors of the Food Bank could not have been more appreciative, and we delivered almost 9,000 pounds [of food],” said Dickens.
These 9,000 pounds consisted of non-perishable foods that were collected from the six area Catholic schools in the food drive dubbed the “Stuff the Bus” food drive.
“There was a tremendous need right now. The shelves were sparse, and Catholic schools are a great help. Unfortunately, we are not around during the summer to give aid. In a word, they needed our help badly,” added Dickens.
Students regularly respond to the call of need from the Food Bank.
“I’ve been delivering food since I was like 8 years old, so whenever people are in need, I jump on the chance to help,” said SPS junior Stephen Hammond, who donated food to the “Stuff the Bus” drive.
Dickens also said that this was the first time the six schools have worked together on a food drive.
“The Covington Food Bank sent an email to OLL’s principal asking for help, and he initiated the conversation with the other five schools. Frank Smith is OLL’s principal, and he got the ball rolling, but all teachers, administrators, students, and parents who participated should be thanked,” Dickens said.
According to the Food Bank website, it “serves the needs of the most vulnerable in our community by providing food, clothing, emergency assistance and dental care.” Anyone interested in helping the Food Bank with food or cash donations, or those interested volunteering, please visit www.covingtonfoodbank.org or call (985)-893-3003.