Malvern Community Collects 7,500 Cans During Thanksgiving Food Drive

Upper and Middle School students, their families, along with faculty and staff, donated 7,500 cans of nonperishable food to the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The food will be distributed among St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Chester and the Chester County Food Bank.
To kickstart the Food Drive, which officially began on Friday, October 4, Upper School students were challenged to bring in 20 cans between October 4-18.

“It started as a question of how to get students more involved and connected to the food drive, “ said Dr. Jim Fry, Director of Student Life. “Oftentimes the students are bringing in cans and they might not have a broader understanding of where the can is going and how many people will benefit. An important component to have was that education piece - how many people in our county, and the surrounding counties, suffer from food insecurity? What does that mean? We made sure we were providing students with that larger context.”

Middle School students brought in more than 1,300 cans in support of the Chester County Food Bank.

On Tuesday, November 19, the entire student body formed an assembly line to transport the cans from the Duffy Arts Center to Our Mother of Good Counsel Chapel. The students in Rob Muntz’s Sculpture Class built an altar in the chapel using the cans. On Thursday, November 21, the entire community gathered to celebrate the school’s annual Thanksgiving Mass in Our Mother of Good Counsel Chapel. Mass was celebrated on the altar constructed from the Food Drive donations.

During his homily, Rev. James Cassidy, O.S.A. referenced the altar and reflected on how it is an outward expression of our gratitude to God.

“When we have extra,” Cassidy said, “it belongs to others. Because sometimes the way God comes to us is through bread, in the form of nourishment.” He closed his homily by saying, “from our abundance comes nourishment for those who need it.”

“Service is synonymous with Malvern. It’s an expression of gratitude,” said Head of School Rev. Donald Reilly, “These cans were not designed to do what we have them do [built in the shape of an altar]. Inside these cans is nourishment, they will help someone. At Malvern, we create a community of, not only academic learners but learners who seek to serve others. Thank you for your generosity.”
Malvern Preparatory School is an Augustinian School, Catholic and Independent for boys in grades 6 through 12, located in the Greater Philadelphia suburb of Malvern, Pa. We are committed to the Augustinian values of VeritasUnitas, and Caritas, meaning Truth, Unity, and Love.