Students and staff at Georges P. Vanier Catholic School joined four other Catholic elementary schools in Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton to help Farm Credit Canada Drive Away Hunger.
"Our Drive Away Hunger campaign was a real success again this year, thanks to the many organizations who participated, including the St. Clair Catholic school communities who join us each year," says Tracy Bolton of Farm Credit Canada.
"Through this campaign, our students learned what it means to serve others," says Americo Todino, Principal of Georges P. Vanier Catholic School. "They have answered Pope Francis' challenge to 'find room in our hearts for those around us who lack shelter, food and clothing.'"
In addition to Georges P. Vanier, other participating schools were St. Ursula, Monsignor Uyen and Our Lady of Fatima in Chatham-Kent; and St. Philip in Sarnia-Lambton.
In total, the five Catholic schools collected 6,780 pounds of food, which was donated to the Chatham Outreach for Hunger and Oil Springs food banks.
Farm Credit Canada is Canada's leading agriculture lender, with a mission that includes being socially and environmentally responsible.
In the photos (top left) Angela Vyn (left) and Kurt Makey pose with student helpers at George P. Vanier Catholic School; and (above right) students at Georges P. Vanier help load a pickup with the 3,283 pounds of food they collected for the annual FCC Drive Away Hunger Campaign.