Monday, November 5th marked the beginning of the Montini Catholic's much anticipated Annual Golden Gobbler Thanksgiving Food Drive. This year marks the 21st year of the drive which benefits local food pantries.
Montini Catholic students are responsible for donating over 325,000 items since the program's inception to food pantries throughout DuPage County.
"We support the food pantries at Christ the King, St. Pius X and Woodridge," said Campus Minister, Michael Blanchette. "We also give additional food to the families from Clearbrook and Eisenhower Co-Op, agencies serving families with children with disabilities. Katie Laurinaitis, an alum of Montini, is a teacher at Eisenhower," he explained.
In 1997, under the leadership of the principal at that time, Jim Segredo, (now the school's president) Montini Catholic kicked off the Golden Gobbler. The Gobbler challenges students, homerooms and classes to bring in non-perishable food items for local food pantries. Additionally, some of the food collected is allocated for families that are "adopted" by Montini Catholic during the Christmas season.
Members of Montini Catholic's Student Government are very excited to break records this year. A two-week long series of classroom challenges and friendly homeroom competitions was conceptualized by the student group to compel all students to get involved in the worthwhile drive.