POTSDAM – Potsdam Knights of Columbus collected over 1,300 canned food items for the local food pantry during the 40 days of lent.
Tom Hobbs, Grand Master of the Knights of Columbus, said parishioners at St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam and St. Patrick’s Church in Colton were asked to bring in canned one canned item each day over the 40 days of lent.
Hobbs, who was named Grand Knight in January, said this is the first year the Potsdam Knights have participated in the event, but it something that has been done at Knights clubs across the nation for sometime.
“Some of the neighboring councils do it every year, but this is our first year,” he said.
Hobbs said the program designed to help fight hunger and is an opportunity to take a small sacrifice and turn it into a big difference in the lives of others.
Hobbs said the Potsdam Neighborhood Center serves about 300 families a month.
About half of those that are served with food are households with children and seventy households a month are seniors.