Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s baseball team worked to strike out hunger with a team food drive. The team collected eight truck loads of food and toiletries, delivering two tons, equivalent to 4,000 pounds, of donations. Players distributed flyers in their neighborhoods asking for donations of food and personal care products for Second Harvest. On Jan. 9, players went door-to-door in their neighborhoods picking up donations, and bringing them to the school. The team loaded their collections in trucks and delivered donations to Second Harvest Food Bank in Irvine.
“When we saw all the food that our program collected we realized that doing it as a team has a much larger impact,” said senior and varsity baseball player Jon Bradford.
The school’s baseball team volunteered with Second Harvest prior to the drive, helping to raise money and collect food at the annual Angels’ Groundkeepers Food Drive at Angel Stadium. Players also volunteered prior to the holidays unloading, sorting and moving supplies at Second Harvest’s warehouse in Irvine.
After witnessing the need in the county for food and person hygiene items, the team wanted to make a larger impact and embarked on a mission to “Strike Out Hunger.”
"I think it is important for these young men to participate in service projects like this because it offers a sense of accomplishment and pride in knowing that we are helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves,” said SMCHS Head Baseball Coach David Bacani. “With the economy in the state that it's in, there are many families that are suffering and we, as a program, want to lend a helping hand in any way we can."