Dominican collects more than 21,000 cans of food

The 15th annual, week-long food drive at St. Mary’s Dominican High School collected 21,034 cans of food – surpassing the school’s goal of 20,000 cans – to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank. Students, faculty, staff and alumnae collected enough food for 13,855 meals.

Over the past four years, the school has collected 67,017 pounds of food. One in six people in Louisiana is struggling with hunger. Louisiana and The Greater New Orleans Area rank second in the nation for food hardship – the lack of money to buy food that families need. Classes competed in the Hogwart’s House Cup, where each religion teacher represented a House at Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series. They created their house name and selected the colors for their house shield that features a drawing of an animal that protects each house and promotes a true spirit of healthy competition. Daily announcements by Harry Potter characters updated the student body about total cans collected each day. Pictured are  St. Mary’s Dominican students getting ready to load the Second Harvest Food Bank truck, front row, from left, are Callie Moran, Hannah Guillot, Caroline Jacobi, Catherine Debuys, Jordan Traub, Caroline Douglass,  Veronica Lair and Caitlyn Huff. Back row, from left:  Nadia Khan, Elisabeth Piglia, Jennifer Madden, Sabrina Hibben, Maya Dancisak, Madison Moore, Lauren Normand, Rebecca Wennemann and Addison Hall.