The rain came down steadily on March 24, but that did not stop the organizers of the third annual Saint Joseph’s Table Produce Giveaway at Saint Catherine Parish. Saint Joseph’s Table is a collaborative community service project between Saint Catherine Middle School Ministry and the Italian Catholic Federation (ICF). It is a re-imagining of the tradition of Saint Joseph’s Table in which Sicilians shared their bounty with the poor and set up altars with symbolic objects on Saint Joseph’s feast day, March 19.
The project consisted of the fresh produce giveaway followed by a soup supper. A core team of middle-schoolers organized the produce giveaway, led by Trinity Chester, a home-schooled eighth grader and Efrain Salas, Jr. and Briell Delisle, both seventh graders at Saint Catherine School. “Over the last three years, we’ve served almost 200 families and received donations from about 20 sponsors each year. For an event organized entirely by middle-schoolers, I think this is phenomenal,” explained Trinity who came up with the idea as a sixth grader.
Matt Kanter, who donated organic carrots, beets and Savoy cabbage, shared, “I really enjoy participating in the Saint Joseph’s Table event, the students from Saint Catherine’s do an amazing job. I’m proud of the work they do for our community, they are the future leaders of our society.”
ICF members decorated the altar to Saint Joseph and made the soup for the soup supper. Giulia Gallego, president of ICF, echoed Mr. Kanter stating, “The event indeed continues the tradition of Saint Joseph’s Table. We are feeding the hungry with fresh produce and the soup supper. It is wonderful to make this happen with the middle-schoolers!”