FLINT — In the spirit of the Feast of St. Patrick, Catholic Charities will once again host their annual St. Patrick’s Day Box Lunch fundraiser, offering up thousands of lunches. Each box lunch will consist of a delicious corned beef sandwich, stacked high with the traditional Irish staple and Swiss cheese on rye bread, plus chips, coleslaw, a pickle and cookie — all for only $7.
“We’re calling the event The Day Before St. Pat’s Fundraiser, because we’ll be hosting the fundraiser on Thursday, March 16,” explained Catholic Charities CEO Vicky Schultz. “We at Catholic Charities, as a Catholic organization, cannot serve meat on Fridays during Lent, so it’ll be held that Thursday before.”
Catholic Charities offers the option of purchasing your box lunch in advance, and recommends taking advantage of ordering early, as the lunches go quickly. The charity organization will be holding a drive-up service at the Catholic Charities of Flint office, located at 901 Chippewa St. in Flint, where lunches can be picked up. The drive-up service will be open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Also, for orders of 15 lunches or more, lunches can be delivered right to your doorstep at no extra charge.
“For more than 20 years, we’ve been hosting the St. Patrick’s Day Box Lunch fundraiser,” said Schultz. “It’s become very popular as the years have gone on. We started out very small, selling the box lunches after the St. Patrick’s Day Catholic Mass at St. Michael’s church, but it really picked up a lot of momentum over the years, and now we sell thousands of lunches.”
Last year, said Schultz, Catholic Charities was able to sell more than 2,000 box lunches and this year the organization aims to sell at least 2,600, which would raise more than $18,000. All funds raised by the box lunch sales will go directly to Catholic Charities programs, including the North End, Center for Hope and South Flint Soup Kitchens, as well as the Sack Lunch Programs. The soup kitchens currently provide approximately 16,000 meals per month, and for every 15 box lunches sold at the fundraiser, Catholic Charities is able to provide approximately 40 meals for those in need.
“Once again, I would definitely encourage people to order ahead of time, because we do make a certain amount of lunches, and once we run out, we’re out,” said Schultz. “So, I wouldn’t want someone to be disappointed if they show up shortly before 1 o’clock and find out that we’ve sold out. Pre-orders are highly recommended.”
To pre-order box lunches from the fundraiser, visit www.ccsgc.org, call April at 810-232-9950 ext. 225, or fax an order form to 810- 232-9110. Pre-orders will be accepted until the day of the event, March 16.
Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties has been providing help and creating hope for those in need since 1941, serving all people regardless of faith or background. This diverse social services agency offers an array of programs including counseling, substance abuse treatment, prevention and education, foster care and adoption as well as a number of soup kitchens and Holy Angels Community Closet and Warming Center. For more information, a complete listing of services or to donate to Catholic Charities, please call 810-232-9950 or visit www.ccsgc.org.
— Alex Petrie