For 29 years, the Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive has provided hundreds of thousands of canned goods to those in need. The goal is simple: bring help and hope to the community by feeding the hungry. Working with our Catholic Charities volunteer outreach team, this year the drive brought together close to 3,000 people throughout the Archdiocese of Washington to donate canned goods and ensure these items were delivered to those who need them the most. Rick Gannon, executive director of the drive, shares his thoughts and thanks on yet another successful community effort to feed the hungry:
"The 2016 Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive ended like a scene from It’s a Wonderful Life. The efforts and success of the day produced more cans than we had recipients to give to. We called every contact we could think of to find a backup truck to take the food. The John S. Mulholland Foundation brought two U-Haul vans, Catholic Charities another but there were still thousands of cans left to be donated. Finally, Nourish Now appeared with a semi-truck to save the day. As the sun was setting and the last of the overflow cans were being stuffed into the rescue truck, our resident DJ; DJ Ficca began to play Old Lang Syne. Standing there with my brother’s family, my daughter and all the friends and helpers completing the most successful day in our 29 years is a memory that will stay with me forever.
Thanks to the efforts of over 3,000 people throughout the Washington area, we collected 152,520 canned goods to help feed those families less fortunate than ours. Each year, I am amazed at the response, the support and the enthusiasm of everyone that comes out every year to make this The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
I wanted to end this Thank You by sharing a note that my brother’s daughter, Colleen posted on Facebook about Saturday’s GGCFD.
Feeling inspired - just came back from the Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive. On this day each year, I feel the presence of my dad - a man who taught me the power of what one person can do when they embrace their community, work in solidarity with others, and find joy in working for a better world. My dad has been gone for over 10 years now but his legacy lives on through the food drive and in so many other ways. He continues to bring out the best in all our family as we come together on this day to spread the joy and embrace a cause so dear to him. This holiday season remember that life is more about giving then receiving, spread the joy, and inspire others to do the same.
Have a wonderful Holiday and once again thank you from all of us at the GGCFD." - Rick Gannon
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