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Posted on Dec 10, 2014 |

NDA Beats CovCath in Food Drive Battle

NDA Beats CovCath in Food Drive Battle

Notre Dame Academy senior Claire Sueholtz unloads cans from a donor's car for the annual NDA/CovCath canned food drive contest.

Notre Dame Academy senior Claire Sueholtz unloads cans of vegetables from a donor’s car for the annual NDA/CovCath canned food drive contest.

Notre Dame Academy (Park Hills, KY) defeated Covington Catholic High School in their annual NDA/CCH Canned Food War, but the real winners are area food banks and the people they will feed this winter.

 

The NDA Pandas collected almost 14,500 canned items for the Thanksgiving food drive, more than double the amount collected by the Colonels. But the prize — the loser had to clean up lunch at the winning school for a day — wasn’t the contest’s real reward, say both schools.

 

“The NDA/CCH Canned Food War was a great way for us to come together as a community and make a difference in the lives of others,” said Claire Suetholz, NDA senior. “It’s amazing to think that between the our two schools we collected more than 20,000 canned goods. That will go a long way in helping those in need this winter.”

(Click on the arrow to watch a video for the food drive made by NDA students. Email subscribers: Click on the post headline to watch the video at our website.)

 

This battle began in 2010, when NDA Student Council members wanted to do something to help fill the shelves of a local St. Vincent de Paul food pantry and realized that if they challenged the boys at Covington Catholic to a Canned Food War, they could collect twice as many items.

Students with hundreds of servings of soup that were donated to food pantries run by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul - NKY.

Students with hundreds of servings of soup that were donated to food pantries run by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – NKY. CovCath donated its food to Be Concerned.

 

The competition between has been intense — NDA won the first year, and CovCath the next two years — but NDA President Dr. Laura Koehl told students at the school Thanksgiving prayer service that the goal is more important than the rivalry. “The act of giving thanks is so meaningful in our lives,” she said. “In serving one another we are doing Christ’s work as servant leaders.”

 

NDA donated their canned goods to SVdP food pantries for distribution throughout Northern Kentucky. CovCath donated theirs to Be Concerned.

 

Photos courtesy Notre Dame Academy.

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Loading the SVdP truck with almost 15,000 packaged food items.

Loading the SVdP truck with almost 15,000 packaged food items.