Bishop Foley teams up with Gleaners to feed the hungry

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published February 21, 2018

MADISON HEIGHTS — Gleaners Community Food Bank recently received a large donation of nearly 1,500 nonperishable food items from the students at Bishop Foley Catholic High in Madison Heights. The students also donated nearly $140 to the cause. 

The school has 325 students in grades nine through 12. Father Gerard LeBoeuf, BFC president, rewarded those who contributed by relaxing the school’s dress code and allowing them to wear jeans if they wanted Feb. 2. 

School administrators said the results exceeded all expectations. 

“Senior Rebecca Darmetko had the idea of having a canned food drive. We both agreed that it was important to come together as a school and participate in service for Catholic Schools Week,” said Ashley Hursin, mission and ministry director at BFC. “The results of the canned food drive astounded me. As a campus minister, it’s always wonderful to watch students become truly excited about becoming involved. Throughout the day, students offered their support collecting, counting and sorting cans. Father Gerry set a goal before the students, and they far exceeded that goal.”

BFC previously worked with Gleaners when it was one of the local nonprofits that BFC served on “Be the Difference Day,” the school’s annual community service drive during the spring. 

The annual tradition started nine years ago and involves 500 students, staff and family members fanning out across multiple job sites. Among the volunteers are students and staff from Guardian Angels Grade School, as well. In just one day, the volunteers invest about 3,200 service hours at 30 organizations in the metro Detroit area. Past beneficiaries have included Blight Busters, the Salvation Army, nursing homes and more. 

BFC also gives back around the holidays during the school’s “12 Days of Christmas.” Here, 12 different stations are set up and students help put together items for the community, including cards of support for police, letters written to children in local hospitals, and blessing bags for the homeless. 

BFC student-athletes also participate in Catholic Athletes for Christ, a program where they read to students at local schools. In addition, BFC has done cereal drives for local hospitals and held non-uniform days to raise money for other good causes. BFC also once hosted baby showers for Mary’s Mantle, a Catholic home for expectant mothers. 

“As Christians, we’re called to help our neighbors and those less fortunate,” said Jessica Knapik, spokesperson for BFC. “Part of Bishop Foley Catholic’s mission and identity is to become servant leaders. The school is committed to serving the community and takes pride in helping their neighbors.”

Bishop Foley Catholic High is located at 32000 N. Campbell Road in Madison Heights. For more information, call the school at (248) 585-1210.