Tuesday, November 28, 2000

St. Xavier plans food drive

Students hoping to collect 100,000 pounds for needy

By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        St. Xavier High School students are continuing their long tradition of collecting canned goods for the needy. Students will canvass Greater Cincinnati neighborhoods the next two Sundays for the school's 73rd Annual Advent Canned Food Drive.

        In the last decade, St. Xavier High School students collected and distributed more than 1 million pounds of food. This year's goal is 100,000 pounds.

        “This is a significant contribu tion to the needy of Cincinnati,” said Paul Zook, St. Xavier spokesman.

        Brad Budde, a 17-year-old senior from Anderson Township, is one of 12 student coordinators of the drive.

        Throughout high school, he's participated in it and the school's Adopt-A-Family program. During his sophomore year, Brad and his family delivered food and gifts to an adopted family.

        “The main reason I became a canned food drive coordinator is that sophomore year experience of giving food to that family and seeing how deprived they are compared to my lifestyle.”

        The bulk of the food is collected during the annual Sunday canvasses. Students will canvass specific neighborhoods from noon to 4 p.m.

        For information, to arrange for food pick-up and/or to volunteer to assist with the distribution of food Dec. 16, call John Ravenna, 761-7815, Ext. 525, or Joyce Choquette, 761-7815, xt. 526, of the St. Xavier Community Service department.


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