St. Mary’s School

Welcome to the St. Mary’s Church Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive!
We are looking forward to collecting more CANS OF HOPE to share with our neighbors in need.
Please be sure to review the content below and if you have any questions,
email Maggie Harwell at

Sign Up to Participate

Remember ALL volunteers need to register.
Territory assignments are not lost, we just need to start with fresh contact information.
Complete the form below and add any family members.
Please ask other adults/families on your team to do the same thing.

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How It works

Territory Boundaries

Territories have been created by dividing neighborhoods around a parish into about 175 houses. As a Territory Team Member, you will be responsible for the food collection in that area. Please be sure to refer to your territory map to be sure of the streets and "sides" of the streets in your territory. Please stay on the inside of your boundary and only visit houses on your side of the outside street.

Territory Supplies

You will be given all of the supplies you need to collect food in your territory: bags, flyers, thank you door hangers and a map. Instructions to successfully collect in your territory will be provided and can be found below in Helpful Hints and Resources.

Territory Bag Distribution

Between Sunday and Thursday before the collection date, please distribute your bags and flyers. This gives your neighbors enough time to shop or select items from their cupboards for your Saturday collection day.

Territory Bag Collection

On drive day, go back to the same houses and collect filled bags left outside. Please do not collect before the time on your flyer. Hopefully, the bags are prominently set out, but please drive slowly to be sure you don't miss any and don't hesitate to knock on doors to remind neighbors to support those in need. After you have gone through your territory once, please go through again to pick up bags which may have been left out late.

Collection Site and Sweeping

Many volunteers are needed on Drive Day to help at the collection site. We need help directing the food as it arrives in territory leaders' vehicles and as it goes out in recipient organization vehicles. Then of course we need many hands to move the donations quickly and efficiently. No matter how careful territory volunteers are when collecting their items, some bags are missed. Our donors often call to have their bag picked up and we need help organizing these calls and picking up the bags. EVERY CAN COUNTS!


Sunday November 19 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Territory Supply Pick Up

Territory Leaders please pick up your supplies in the Parish Hall.

Thursday November 30

Distribute Bags

Distribute the bags with stapled flyer before Thursday, November 30th to all houses in your territory. We want neighbors to have time to purchase food to participate. Please follow your territory map and do not cross your outside boundary street.  

Friday December 1 8:00 AM

School Kick Off

Students wear GGCFD t-shirts and bring in canned goods. The morning prayer service reflects on hunger in our area and the impact of our contributions to those in need.

Saturday December 2

Drive Day!

Bag collection should begin after the time noted on your flyer. Drive through your territory at least two times to be sure you haven't missed any bags! EVERY CAN COUNTS!

Saturday December 2

Collect the Bags

Make your way through your territory to collect the bags of donations. Use the Can Count Sheet to count as you collect! Bring your loaded bags back to the St. Mary's parking lot to have volunteers transfer to Recipient Organization vehicles. Collections need to be returned by 12:00 PM. Remember to make one last run through your territory to make sure you picked up all of the bags!

Contact This Parish

If your family or business is interested in sponsoring our event, please contact us.

Maggie Harwell: 240-474-5430


of food collected by St. Mary's so far!

Thank You to Our Sponsors