School kids collect and distribute

holiday meals for local families.

By Chuck Gibson

LOVELAND, OH (November 23, 2022) – Just hours away from Thanksgiving Day in Loveland and all across America, some families don’t know where their Thanksgiving meal will come from. Many in our own community could have been left wondering the same thing if not for the “Pass It On” food drive and LIFE Food Pantry. 

Students from LIS and LMS walk Pass It On food donations to Prince of Peace Friday morning November 18, 2022 (Courtesy Loveland Schools)

Students from Loveland school continued the traditional “Pass It On” food drive this year. They collected non-perishable food items for LIFE Food Pantry, to help provide local families with all they need for a traditional Thanksgiving holiday meal. Last week, the students at Loveland Intermediate and Middle Schools joined together early Friday morning to walk their donations to Prince of Peace Church.  

Once there, volunteers received the donations and prepared them for distribution to more than 200 Loveland families registered with LIFE Food Pantry. 

In collaboration with Prince of Peace Church, and the Loveland Care Center who provided the turkeys, and also made deliveries to families who did not have transportation to pick up their meal packages.

The meal packages included everything you need to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner and all the trimmings including pies donated by Tony Ricci. On a very cold and blustery Saturday morning, November 19, several students from Ursuline Academy were braving the elements to Pass On the meal packages as people drove up to Prince of Peace for scheduled pick up.

Student volunteers from Ursuline Academy load the Thanksgiviing Meal package into a car during pick up Saturday morning, November 19, 2022 (Chuck Gibson)

Several of the Loveland schools students during their delivery of Pass It On food donations at Prince of Peace Friday morning, November 18, 2022 (Courtesy Loveland Schools)

Additional pick up was scheduled Tuesday for those who could not pick up on Saturday. By the end of the day Tuesday, Linda Bergholz, Executive Director of LIFE Food Pantry reported close to 200 families had already picked up their Thanksgiving meal package with the remaining meals to be picked up by registered families by noon Wednesday, November 23, just in time for the Thanksgiving table.

Truly just hours away from Thanksgiving feasts all around Loveland, we are all most thankful for the generous giving of the Loveland community contributing to the Pass It On food drive and giving families in distress at least one day they too can stop and give thanks with family.

Terri Carter (Left) President LIFE Food Pantry and Carolina Maurer (right) LIFE Food Pantry volunteer check the list of families scheduled to pick up Thanksgiving meals Saturday, November 19, 2022 (Chuck Gibson)

These Ursuline Academy students braved a blustery cold Saturday morning to help pass out the Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of local families (Chuck Gibson)

Loveland Beacon offers special thanks to all the Loveland Students, the Ursuline Academy students, Care Center volunteers, Prince of Peace and LIFE Food Pantry for your efforts to provide a Thanksgiving Feast to the hundreds of Loveland families in need.  

Wishing you a most blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!