Pork ‘n Beans Trophy Draws 8,600 Groceries for Hungry
Saints Francis & Clare students rally to donate food for the hungry.
Middle school Student Council members worked many long hours collecting, counting, loading and unloading 8,600 groceries for Anna’s House. These efforts were part of their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit Anna’s House of Indianapolis. All classes at SSFC participated in the food drive. The class donating the most items won a coveted three-tiered Pork ‘n Beans Trophy complete with sparkles, a foam crown, and #1 handwritten on the top.
The student council conducted the food drive last year and received a few hundred items. This year, that amount tripled. Student Council leader Mrs. Pam Wells attributed the increased donation to the generous nature of our students and their families as well as the class incentives.
Principal Betty Popp had to announce a cut-off time for donations. “Parents were delivering cases of food on the the last day. I had to announce a cut-off one hour before the end of school so the student council would have enough time to tally class totals for the competition. The generosity of our families is amazing. This is the joy of working in a Catholic School. You get to see God at work every day.”
The Student Council members quipped, “This has been a workout collecting canned goods from classrooms and delivering thousands of food items to Anna’s House. It is worth it, though.” The dozen or so council members along with parent volunteers delivered the food via assembly line down a flight of stairs in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Anna’s House serves the working poor around its neighborhood. They serve over 250 families each week.
Saints Francis & Clare Catholic School serves students in Pre-K-8th grade. It opened its doors in 2006 to 34 students and now has nearly 500 students.