By Eddie Maloney ‘24

In December, two seniors at Brother Rice held a food drive for a local food pantry. Non-perishable donations were requested, and all donations were given to the Village Pantry Coalition, a volunteer-run food pantry located in Evergreen Park.

Seniors Tom McMahon and James Mangan organized the drive. McMahon and Mangan both volunteered at the pantry over the summer. They each became familiar with the pantry after running a food drive last year for their advocacy project.

The Village Pantry Coalition feeds over 50 families every single week. With the holiday season approaching, McMahon and Mangan identified an opportunity to give back.

Mangan said, “To work with the Village Pantry Coalition has been an honor. The food pantry is especially busy during the holiday season, and I wanted to run a food drive like I did last year to make sure everyone in need could be provided for.”

While they were unsure about how many donations they would receive, McMahon was overwhelmed with the amount of donations they received in just a week-long drive. More than 200 items were donated, requiring multiple trips from Brother Rice to the food pantry to bring in all of the donations.

McMahon said, “I have enjoyed volunteering at the food pantry, and it is amazing how Brother Rice students have come together this year to give so much.”

McMahon and Mangan certainly embody the core value of a Brother Rice education to “Act manfully like Christ Jesus.”

With astounding donations two years in a row, they hope that someone else will take the torch to continue this altruistic tradition.

Speaking optimistically about the future of this tradition they began, McMahon said, “I hope that a student at Brother Rice can continue the food drive. The food pantry has been great to work for, and the local residents need the food.”