WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Local students from Archbishop Stepinac High School are participating in the annual “Souper Bowl” canned food drive that began on Monday, Jan. 6.
Roxanne Calvello, the chairperson of Stepinac’s science department, moderator of the student government and Scarsdale resident, credits the following students for taking an active role in this year’s drive: Jason Sanchez, Eric Terminello and Christian Collins of White Plains; Offut Perry-Porter of Irvington; Christopher Massari and Terrence Tunnock of Yonkers; Elijah Fraley of Mount Vernon; and Bradley Stein, Xavier Vega and Jason Concepcion-Elukowich of the Bronx.
Students have been challenged to bring in 25,000 canned food items before Super Bowl Sunday. If they meet the challenge, the school will grant a holiday the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday, on Monday, Feb. 3.
“There is a tremendous need for supplies in local food pantries and soup kitchens,” said Father Thomas Collins, Stepinac’s president. “We are giving our students the opportunity to help meet those needs.”
The annual drive is spearheaded by the school’s student government. Students are encouraged to bring in items on a daily basis. Members of the student government then sort and store the items which will be delivered to area food pantries and soup kitchens on a weekly basis.
“The annual food drive is absolutely essential; so many people rely on food pantries all year long but especially during the winter months," said Cavello.
"Members of student government see first hand how our efforts can help those who are less fortunate. The students are really motivated in making this drive a success.”