A volunteer helps to sort the food that was collected by the Medford Council, Knights of Columbus, in support of the St. Vincent de Paul Conference in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish. Courtesy photos
A volunteer helps to sort the food that was collected by the Medford Council, Knights of Columbus, in support of the St. Vincent de Paul Conference in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish. Courtesy photos

The Medford Council, Knights of Columbus, is doing its part to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Medford council has been hosting a food collection for the St. Vincent de Paul conference in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish. The conference provides services to all people in need throughout Medford, Medford Lakes, Pemberton and Browns Mills.

The drive is hosted in the parish parking lot, where a trailer is set up to receive donations of non-perishable food items.

“The results to date have been overwhelming to say the least,” said Don Bouchard, the council’s Grand Knight.

The Medford collection was a response to the KOC Supreme Council asking local, national and international membership organizations to participate in the “Leave No Neighbor Behind” initiative to assist a local food bank.

Because of the generous response to the collection, the Supreme Council sent a video production team and media personnel to Medford to report on the Knights.

“This worldwide initiative is a part of our ‘Faith in Action’ program that empowers Knights to come together to share their faith and do what we do best – stand shoulder to shoulder in service to community,” Bouchard said.

Those wishing to donate can do so at 40 Jackson Road, Medford. The Knights’ trailer is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.