WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Archbishop Stepinac High School students of White Plains recently pitched in to help feed the hungry and homeless by collecting more than 25,000 cans of food and other items for the school's annual food drive known as SOUPer Bowl.
The students reached that number by the deadline of Super Bowl Sunday, once again meeting the school's massive food drive.
It was doubly great news for the student because as a result of their successful efforts to help feed the hungry and homeless of all ages throughout Westchester and the Bronx, they had earned a day off from school which, fittingly, was the day after Super Bowl Sunday, according to a release from Stepinac.
SOUPer Bowl is Stepinac’s single largest annual food drive that “addresses a tremendous need for food by food pantries and soup kitchens in our community, a problem that is especially acute after the holidays when the level of donations declines,” said Stepinac President, Rev. Thomas Collins (Class of ’79).
“Our students are to be congratulated for once again meeting this vitally important challenge that is in keeping with Stepinac’s long tradition of great generosity in helping those who are less fortunate," Collins added.
This year’s drive kicked off in November when students were encouraged to start bringing food items to school each week. The cans and other items were then donated to local food pantries, soup kitchens and parish churches located primarily in the communities where Stepinac students live as well as to the nonprofit, Lifting Up Westchester, the release said.
"Part of a Stepinac education is to create greater awareness among our students about the needs of the hungry and homeless in their communities and how their generosity can make a difference,” said Principal Paul Carty.