PLYMOUTH – Thanks to students at Holy Rosary Regional Catholic School in Plymouth Meeting, the Patrician Society’s pantry is better stocked for the coming winter months.
More than 3,500 non-perishable items were collected in a recent Student Council sponsored contest, which is a record amount for the school, noted Sherri Muldoon, communications director for Holy Rosary.
“We’ve been donating to the Patrician Society on Thanksgiving for years, and once we let everyone know that the Patrician Society’s supplies were below normal this year, families continued to give more.” , noted Sherri Muldoon, the school’s communications director. “Families who could afford it gave even more than usual. A family donated 400 items.
Items collected included canned goods, pasta and boxed items, Muldoon said.
The motivation of the students was fueled by an additional incentive, she explained.
“Any class that reached 100 cans would get a free day of fancy dress. They’re in uniform all day, so when they can have a laid back day, they love it. Our students really love competitions so once they started competing it got really exciting for them.
The sixth grade class ultimately won the competition.
In keeping with its mission, the Norristown Patrician Society assists the elderly on fixed incomes, the homeless, parents who receive public assistance while caring for children, residential school residents, breadwinners. recently unemployed and underemployed and others in need, serving economically marginalized communities in the greater Norristown area since 1981.
“Holy Rosary School donated bags and boxes of food to the Patrician Society on Friday, November 20,” said LeeAnn Rooney, executive director of the Patrician Society on Tuesday. “We filled two pickup trucks and one SUV full of non-perishable food that was distributed to our customers today for our Thanksgiving distribution. The school is always so generous towards the needs of our clients. Their donation was significantly greater than any previous donation to our pantry. We are very grateful for their continued support.
A few months after the start of the pandemic last spring, the organization saw demand for food drop a bit from the initial surge, but it didn’t last long.
“It’s kind of sped up again now,” Rooney said. “We are seeing a few more people out of work. People are shocked that they don’t have a job and that they have to queue in the food cupboards. And now we’re getting ready for the second round of COVID, so that’s a bit disturbing as well. “
Until October, the Patrician Society provided food to 600 families a month, mostly from Norristown, double the number of families served around this time last year.
Thanks to the generosity of a few local businesses and families, the Pantry was able to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to those who wanted them.
Since starting to partner with Philabundance and Caring for Friends, the patrician society pantry now offers a wider variety of foods, from produce to meat to non-perishable items. and dairy products.