Holy Cross School photo
Students stock the Holy Cross pantry with food donated by school families.
Holy Cross School photo
Students stock the Holy Cross pantry with food donated by school families.
Students from Holy Cross School collected more than 1,500 pounds of food before Thanksgiving, replenishing the North Portland parish's busiest food bank. Canned fruits and vegetables, rice, macaroni and cheese, canned soups and stews, beans and peanut butter rolled in and then were given out to families in need.

The effort was one part of a continued emphasis on community service. Students have been picking up refuse on North Lombard Street and have been serving meals at Blanchet House in Old Town. Others have been visiting fragile and ill children at Portland Providence Medical Center. First graders are saving up allowances to contribute to a food pantry at a neighboring church.  

Meanwhile, the volleyball teams from Holy Family School in Southeast Portland this fall set out to spike hunger. The girls collected jam, jelly and canned tuna for the parish chapter of St. Vincent DePaul.

The teams amassed 101 pounds of food, which some commented would make a lot of sandwiches. Friendly competition among the teams spurred donations. The seventh graders pulled off a win.