SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic’s commitment to Social Justice was once again on full display this week when the school participated in a program to provide meals for those in need.   

In the spirit of the Lenten Season, Union Catholic partnered with the Sharing Lunches program (organized by the University of Notre Dame Club of Central Jersey and the Notre Dame Bread of Life Food Drive) to make lunches for those in need.    

The UC students, staff, and faculty responded to this call for kindness by filling 135 lunch bags, which were picked up on Friday and delivered to local charities in Perth Amboy.   

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With UC’s Peer Ministry spearheading this great community service project, several UC students met after school this week to make sandwiches and fill the lunch bags, and faculty and staff also donated lunches.      

Mr. John Becht, the moderator for Peer Ministry and UC’s Campus Minster, was very excited with the success of this initiative, and very grateful for all the support.      

“The Shared Lunches program was very well received here at UC,’’ said Mr. Becht. “We had a phenomenal response from both the faculty, staff, and students. Such an easy act of kindness that can have such an enormous impact on another person. Our initial involvement with the program has far and away exceeded my expectations. I am extremely thankful and appreciative of everyone's involvement.’’

Seniors Daniel Gonzalez, Meghan Gelcius, Lauren Diawatan, and Megha Alexander, all members of the Peer Ministry Leadership Council, served as student coordinators for this program.

Gonzalez was overwhelmed when he saw how many students pitched in to make this project such a big success   

“It warms my heart,’’ said Gonzalez, who lives in Woodbridge. “When I saw how many people showed up yesterday to help out, it brought a big smile to my face. To see all the students come together as a family it was beautiful to see. At Union Catholic, we follow in God’s footsteps. Jesus always helped those in need, and our school empowers our Christianity by doing things like this to help and support others. I feel so proud to be part of this and to be part of UC.’’       

Gelcius said it’s very rewarding to make a difference in people’s lives.  

“It means alot to know that our school is making a difference,’’ said Gelcius, who lives in Union. “We know this will really brighten someone’s day by receiving these lunches, and that means a lot. Our school always comes out and shows support and helps people in need. It’s great to be part of something like this.’’     

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