Submitted by Craig Brewer, Director of Athletics
"There are people out there that are not as fortunate as I am, and by volunteering, I can help make a difference in their lives." - Sterne Student, Grade 8
On Tuesday mornings, a group of Sterne students walk to the Old St. Mary’s auditorium to volunteer with a program called “Groceries for Seniors”. Groceries for Seniors is a local non-profit that delivers free foods (donated by the Food Bank and other local grocery stores) to low income seniors.
During the Tuesday morning shift, Sterne students work hand-in-hand with other volunteer groups to pack grocery bags with veggies, canned goods, dried goods, and whatever the organization has received that week in donated food items. Sometimes, in the afternoons, students help I-Hotel volunteers deliver groceries to residents of the I-Hotel (who are beneficiaries and volunteers of the program).
Groceries for Seniors was founded by John Meehan, the son of an Irish immigrant, who recalls growing up on ketchup sandwiches because of empty cupboards at home. Today, Program Manager Tom Beaver recounts Meehan's stories to the students when they get to Old St. Mary's. Beaver also thanks all the volunteers each day and points out how many people they helped feed on that day. To learn more about the Groceries for Seniors founder and his inspirational journey to help others go here.