Empty Bowls are Full Extravaganza -
The Council of Baton Rouge had a unique fundraiser called "Empty Bowls," hosted by Julie Harrison, Beverly Wilson, and everyone involved with the Louisiana School for the Deaf and the LSU Lab School. This event was focused on combating hunger in their community. Guests at the event received a handmade bowl in remembrance of world hunger. All monies collected were directed to the SVdP Dining Room and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Chef John Folse donated his time and resources to making the delicious gumbo that was served. The event raised over $13,000, of which the Society’s Dining Room will receive half.
Council of Rockville Centre Assists with Letter Carriers Food Drive
Once again, Long Island demonstrated their generosity by contributing 1.3 million pounds of food to the 12th Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive. Vincentians joined the hundreds of other volunteers from all over Long Island to sort, box, and prepare the bins of food for delivery. The Society donated the use of four trucks to help deliver the food to pantries throughout Long Island. The food has been distributed to Island Harvest, Long Island Cares, food pantries of the SVDP Conferences, and a number of other non-profit agencies. It is estimated that the 1.3 million pounds of food will be approximately 289,000 people during the next year. The success of the Annual Letter Carriers' harvest of donated food shows that Long Island does care.