Bishop McGuinness collects record amount of canned goods

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School students collected a record breaking 107,780 pounds of canned goods during the annual Canned Food Drive project. The food drive is sponsored by the Oklahoma City Regional Food Bank and provides food to Oklahoma families in need of help and assistance. Bishop McGuinness has been involved in the Canned Food Drive since its inception in 1988.

Faculty sponsors were Rebecca Damron and Rachel Dowell and student chairmen were senior Alex Gray and junior Miranda Jelinek. The theme this year was “souper” bowl. The student committee organized various events to raise money, including the Halloween dress up day, bake sales and T-shirt sales. A can sculpture contest between the classes also was held.

The Food Bank arrived at the end of the drive with not one, but two semi-trailers. As Food Bank employees maneuvered forklifts to lift the crates, students and staff loaded crate after crate with canned goods, rice, beverages and other food staples. McGuinness students collect more canned goods for the Regional Food Bank than any other school in the state, including colleges and universities.

“I applaud the enthusiasm of our students in their devotion to this project,” said Bishop McGuiness Principal David Morton. “The success of our Canned Food Drive would not be possible without the support of the students, parents and community. Thank you to everyone who helped with this effort.”