The 2021 McNicholas Cereal Drive recently concluded. Hosted by Hands Across Campus, the drive ran from September 27 to October 8 and collected 251 boxes of cereal. The boxes will be distributed evenly to three different food pantries: Guardian Angels in Mt. Washington, St. Leo’s Parish in North Fairmount, and SEM pantry, also in Mt. Washington. In addition to the cereal drive, there will be a canned protein food drive during Catholic Schools Week and a hygiene drive in April.
Hands Across Campus moderator Ms. Teresa Davis headed the cereal drive. She wants to educate McNicholas students about those who suffer from food insecurity in the greater Cincinnati area. “Even though the students at McNick collect cereal, Cincinnati is third in child poverty,” Davis said.
“Hands Across Campus was invited to St. Vincent de Paul to do training to learn about our neighbors that are different than Hands Across Campus, and in doing so Hands Across Campus learned about the poverty, and the need,” Davis added.
She added that holding the cereal drive was one way McNick could give back to St. Vincent de Paul, who helped trained Hands Across Campus in the “Catholic way.”
Students can also choose to start their own food drive. “It is best to do it as a collective, not individually.” Davis said. Emails can be sent to Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding setting up future food drives.