MONTVALE, N.J. ‒ In response to food shortages exacerbated by the COVID-19 virus, St. Joseph Regional held a Food Drive-Thru on Wednesday, April 22.
Spearheaded by Joseph LoGuidice, Director of Campus Ministry, and with the generous support of SJR Board Member TJ Caleca ‘05, each of the four classes was challenged to make 500 sandwiches.
Caleca pledged $2,500 to feed local medical professionals if SJR students met their goals. The boys made sandwiches at home and were to drop them off drive-thru-style at the school.
For nearly three hours, from 12:00 to 2:30, there was an endless stream of cars in line in the school’s parking lot. Wearing protective masks and gloves, faculty and staff volunteers met each vehicle, removed sandwiches and other donations from the trunk, and placed them in the van for transport. The sandwiches were counted and later donated to those in need at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth, NJ. Other food/dry goods went to the Office of Concern Food Pantry and People to People in Rockland County.
The final count of sandwiches made by each class was:
- Freshmen: 977
- Sophomores: 1,143
- Juniors: 929
- Seniors: 1,374
With further support from future Green Knights, faculty, staff, and even alumni, the total climbed to 5,000 sandwiches plus truckloads of additional food.
SJR President Kevin McNulty '78 said, "Yesterday was an excellent example of the Brotherhood we preach. Students, parents, alumni, and faculty worked together in a time of crisis to take care of the poor. That's exactly what we mean by Vir Fidelis.”