Star of the Sea Council 7297 of the Knights of Columbus, affiliated with St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, received national recognition for its food drive held from Ash Wednesday, March 6, through Easter Sunday, April 21.
Members of the Knights at St. Edmond Parish organized and carried out a 40 Cans for Lent Food Drive, and parish members and visitors contributed over 10,000 pounds of nonperishable foodstuffs and more than $1,900 in cash donations. The project was co-chaired by Bob Wolhar and Randy Smith.
The food and monetary donations were distributed to the following four community outreach organizations: Cape Henlopen Food Basket, an emergency food service supporting about 180 families in Cape Henlopen School District; Community Resource Center Food Rescue Program, a Rehoboth Beach-based service of the Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches, providing emergency bags of food to over 500 families, about 1,420 people; Jusst Sooup Ministry, serving soup and sandwich meals regularly to about 225 hungry and homeless, including veterans at Home of the Brave; and Casa San Francisco, a Catholic charity in Milton providing emergency shelter and meals to 12 adults along with a food cooperative and an emergency food pantry for the community.
In recognition of this effort, the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus is awarding Star of the Sea Council 7297 a commemorative plaque and a cash award of $500. Star of the Sea Council 7297 is distributing those funds to the four benefiting organizations, bringing total cash contributions to more than $2,400.
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal benefit organization open to men who are practicing Catholics. Members lead with their faith, support their families, serve others and defend their values. Some 200 men are members of Star of the Sea Council 7297.