Knights of Columbus donate food, funds

JOHN RYAN/PHOTOSt. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 Grand Knight Keith Kemp and JCEO Peru Community Outreach Worker Samantha Barton rejoice at the combined donations of food and money that earned a $200 award from the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council.

PERU — During Lent, St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 asked St. Augustine’s parishioners to contribute food each week to assist the Peru JCEO Food Shelf.

Parishioners generously responded to “40 Cans for Lent” by donating 1,104 pounds of nutritious food.

The Peru Council also made a $500 donation to the Food Shelf.

“What we do is collect canned goods at the church, we have a goal of collecting l,000 pounds of food,” Grand Knight Keith Kemp said.

“We did that all during Lent season. Once Lent season is done, we usually donate the food and $200 to the Food Shelf. It's an annual $200 we give them every year through the Knights of Columbus.

Within the next couple of months, the council receives a check from the State Council.

“Which is matching funds,” Kemp said.

“So whatever we donate to the Food Shelf, they match that. The Food Shelf ends up with $400 as well as the 1,000 pounds of food we give them.”

Food for Families is a national Knights of Columbus program to encourage councils to either collect food or donations for food shelves.

The collected food was delivered to the Peru JCEO Food Shelf in the Town Hall across the street from St. Augustine's Church.

“All the parishioners help to do it,” Kemp said.

“John Ryan usually heads it up for us. Robert Manchester who helps count the cans and weigh the cans every week. There are a lot of Knights involved in it.

“It's not really my program, it's kind of like their program. I just oversee it for them being the Grand Knight.

Without my Knights ...I have a great group of guys. They're wonderful.”

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