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March 23, 2001 Issue
Local News

Lourdes joins effort to feed hungry

OSHKOSH - Lourdes High School again joined millions in the United States and Canada in helping to feed the hungry by encouraging students and faculty to give one dollar or a can of soup the week before Super Bowl Sunday.

The effort began in 1990 with the Senior High Youth Fellowship of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. The partnership has grown from 22 churches the first year to 8,777 congregations in every U.S. state and Canadian province generating $1.7 million this past year. More than $4.5 million has been raised since the effort went national in 1993.

Elsa Hansen, vice president of the Lourdes Campus Ministry Council, coordinated the fundraising project. This year, Hansen, under the guidance of Campus Minister Kathie Geffers, extended the project to Sacred Heart Parish in Oshkosh, where parishioners were asked to donate food or one dollar on Super Bowl Sunday as they left church.

Hansen and her committee, Angie Greidl, Vanessa Muza Tesky, Allison Hilmer and Amy Benz, accepted the donations after the Saturday and Sunday Masses. A total of 176 food products and $201 in cash were collected.

"This is the fifth year Lourdes has participated in this worthwhile program," Geffers said. "And each year our collections are donated to a different local food pantry. This year all money and food products were given to St. Vincent de Paul Society's Pantry. What a joy to see the 'spirit of giving' continue throughout the New Year through this program. We are all summoned to serve and this was a great way to do that."

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