The Knights of Columbus in Sun City West were busy Aug. 22 gathering food for donation to a food distribution agency.
The “Leave No Neighbor Behind Food Drive” was termed a great success by Grand Knight Mike Hug. The event collected 5,136 pounds of non-perishable foods and $850 in monetary donations during the four-hour drive. The food and monies were presented to Valley View Community Food Bank, 10771 W. Peoria Ave., Sun City.
“This was the largest single day food drive that the council has ever had,” Mr. Hug stated in an email. “Valley View officials also told us that they haven’t had a donation this size in over a year.”
Because of the response to this event, Mr. Hug stated the council members will be looking at doing this again in the future.
The drive was conducted in the Sun City Posse Posse parking lot, 20450 N. Stardust Blvd., Sun City West. There were 15 volunteers from the Our Lady of Lourdes Council that put in 140 man hours for the event, according to Mr. Hug. The highly visible location drew a number of donors throughout the drive, and even before.
“We actually started receiving donations while we were setting up for the 8 a.m. opening,” Mr. Hug stated.
Other organizations that provided help for the event were the Sun City West Foundation, Independent Newsmedia, Radio KSCW, Recreation Centers of Sun City West, Property Owners and Residents Association and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 19002 N. 128th Ave., Sun City West.
The “Leave No Neighbor Behind Food Drive” was created as a charitable way for the council to help members of the community, especially since many food banks are straining to provide services during this current time of pandemic, according to Mr. Hug.
The Knights of Columbus is one of the world’s leading fraternal and service organizations with 2 million members in more than 16,000 parish-based councils. The organization also provides financial services to groups and individuals.