Carroll Community Gears Up for Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

Assistant Campus Minister Julie DeMareo is the lead organizer of Carroll’s Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. She says, “The Food Drive is our cornerstone service event that brings our Catholic mission to life. Through the food drive, students understand that it is not enough to read about the Matthew 25 scripture passage in religion class, we are to live it.”

Participating in the Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive has become a rite of passage for students. As they spend their time after school and on weekends distributing bags, collecting food donations, sorting, and weighing – they grow to realize the importance of service.

Since 1977, families have relied on Carroll’s food drive to get through the holidays and winter months beyond. This year, a portion of the donations will also go to local non-profit organizations and churches including the Capital Area Food Bank, Mary House, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, St. Augustine Catholic Church, and the DC Catholic Workers, among others.

While residents of neighborhoods near Carroll, such as Brookland, Eckington, Michigan Park, Riggs Park, Petworth and Takoma, are accustomed to seeing students going door-to-door; this year the school hopes to expand the effort to other neighborhoods.

Carroll alumni and volunteer groups throughout the DC-area are encouraged to sign up to help. Ms. DeMareo believes this support will make all of the difference in helping to reach the food drive goal. “It’s exciting to see groups take our bags and flyers out with them to their own neighborhoods or hold drives at their place of employment to help with the collection effort.”

Alumni can get involved in a variety of ways. In addition to collecting food in their own communities, individuals can help sort food, make financial contributions that will go toward the purchase of supplies, or by driving vehicles to help collect donations on the weekends.

The Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is truly the coalescence of the Carroll community — no part of this drive is possible without all of the people who play a role, large or small.

This year, the food and turkeys will be distributed to families in need on Tuesday, November 24. For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, contact Ms. Julie DeMareo, Assistant Campus Minister, via phone (202)529-0900 ext. 147 or email