Holy Cross institutions complete ‘Holy Cross Harvest’ food drive

by Carol Bradley

Holy Cross Harvest

A donation of $15,383 and more than 2,000 pounds of food will be presented to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana at 10 a.m. Monday (March 12) at Notre Dame’s Mason Services Center, located on Juniper Road north of the Notre Dame Credit Union.

The donations were collected during the second annual Holy Cross Harvest, a collaborative effort of the Congregation of Holy Cross institutions of the University of Notre Dame, Holy Cross College and Saint Mary’s College. The “harvest,” which collected both monetary and food donations, took place between Jan. 23 and Feb. 14.

“The drive was a fantastic success,” says Anne Kolaczyk, senior technical training professional at Notre Dame, who served as chair of the Notre Dame Holy Cross Harvest. “We’re happy to be making a difference in our community.”

The three institutions collaborated on the first Holy Cross Harvest in the fall of 2010, collecting more than 6,600 pounds of nonperishables and $2,600 for the Food Bank. The goal this year was to collect even more, though no actual amounts were targeted.

The Holy Cross Harvest is one of several Food Bank drives going on at local colleges in January, February and March. Drives are also taking place at Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University South Bend and Bethel College. Collectively they are part of the Neighbors in Need drive sponsored by WSBT, the South Bend Tribune and Martin’s Super Markets.

Contact: Marijo C. Martinec, The Food Bank of Northern Indiana, 574-232-9986, ext. 24, mmartinec@feedingamerica.org; Anne M. Kolaczyk, 574-631-8679, akolaczy@nd.edu