De La Salle students fill a bus with food for needy

The weekslong collection effort benefits the food pantry at St. James Catholic Church.

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Donations sit inside a school bus that’s parked outside De La Salle Institute Friday morning, Dec. 11, 2020. De La Salle students and staff donated supplies, which will be delivered to St. James Church in Bronzeville.

De La Salle Institute students filled a bus with donations headed to the food pantry at St. James Church in Bronzeville.

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High school students at De La Salle Institute in Bronzeville wrapped up a weekslong food drive Friday by loading hundreds of pounds worth of canned goods and other items onto a bus bound for a local food pantry.

About 50 students helped load a 14-passenger bus that delivered the food to a nearby food pantry at St. James Catholic Church, 2912 S. Wabash Ave.

“I think it shows us that our kids understand that we’re here for more than just education,” De La Salle Principal Tom Schergen said. “Our students have grasped that there are people out there who need a lot of help at this point, and they feel great that they can help other people out.”

Schergen said one of the school’s missions is to serve others. “This shows us they’ve bought in to those values,” he said.

The food drive comes on the heels of another student-lead food drive that culminated around Thanksgiving. 

The food pantry at St. James operates from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Those seeking food must reside in the 60616 or 60605 area codes.

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