Bedford Parish Boasts Successful Lenten Outreach


From Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish

This Lent, the Knights of Columbus, Saint Thomas Council #1439 conducted a “40 Cans for Lent” food drive campaign at Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Bedford.

This charity program is a simple, straightforward one can per day donation, inspired by the sacrifices our Lord made for us. The program is meant to connect traditional Lenten alms giving with the nutritional needs of area families in need by providing a convenient way to support local food bank distributions. This is the fifth consecutive year this food drive campaign has been conducted. Thanks to the support and generosity of our parishioners, our food drive was a success!

Donations began on Ash Wednesday and continued through Holy Thursday. Besides the canned goods brought in, many donations of other non-perishable food items, paper goods, and monetary contributions were received. Monetary donations were also received, which were used to purchase additional canned food items. A monetary collection was taken at Mass on Holy Thursday and the donations were presented to the Bedford Food Pantry.

In the end, our campaign collected approximately 1600 pounds of donated items. Enough items were collected to fill two pickup trucks full of donated items.

On Friday, April 21st Knights: Mark Clevenger and Tim Clingerman loaded and delivered all donations directly to our local food pantry: Bedford Food Outreach, the Bedford Food Pantry.

[Photo (left to right): Tim Clingerman and Mark Clevenger.]