St. Mary of the Assumption, St. Augustine’s, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, three Catholic parishes located in Baldwinsville, NY, together with the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club, announced last week their partnership to sponsor the “Turkey Day Race Food Drive.” The “Turkey Day Race Food Drive” is the fifth-annual food drive hosted by these partnering organizations in conjunction with the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club’s Turkey Day Race. It raises both food and funds to benefit the Baldwinsville Community Food Pantry.
Last year, the Turkey Day Race Food Drive raised $59,000 in food and funds for the Baldwinsville Community Food Pantry and the Baldwinsville Rotary’s Backpack program, as well as other charities and food pantries, and is anticipated to raise more this year. Program coordinator, Amy Casper, commented, “We have seen a growing response each year to our food drive, and this year, with food costs having increased, the need within our community has grown. With that, we also anticipate an even greater response from our parishioners and community as we have experienced so many times before when we have come together to serve those in need.”
The community is invited to participate in this year’s food drive by filling a shopping bag with food from a list of the most requested, non-perishable food items from the Baldwinsville Community Food Pantry and the Baldwinsville Rotary’s Backpack program. Tops shopping bags and food lists are available at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, located at 47 Syracuse Street; St. Augustine’s Church, located at 7333 Obrien Road; or St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, located at 3494 Rt 31 in Baldwinsville; or online at stmarysbville.org. Once purchased, bagged food can be returned at several Baldwinsville collection sites, including any of the three Catholic parishes; Fleet Feet, located at 4136 Rt. 31, Clay; or Baker High School, located at 29 E. Oneida Street, between now and Thanksgiving Day. Food collection site hours can be found at stmarysbville.org.
St. Mary of the Assumption, St. Augustine’s, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton are rooted in Jesus Christ, sharing the common mission of reaching out in faith, prayer, support, and service to all. The Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club is dedicated to improving the lives of children in the Baldwinsville and NY area.