The gift brings the group’s total donation this year to more than two tons, said Al Larsen, the chairman of the Food for the Poor committee at St. Michael the Archangel Council 14773, which is associated with St. Michael’s parish at Fort Gordon.
“It’s part of being obedient to God’s command to clothe the naked and feed the hungry,” Larsen said.
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s organization, with 1.8 million members worldwide. The Fort Gordon council is one of two military councils in Georgia.
Sister Janet Roddy said the donations were indispensable to Catholic Social Services’ mission to care for needy families in the Augusta area.
The charity assists between 175 and 200 families each week with an array of services, from providing help with utility bills to getting bus fare to work, Roddy said.
“They always ask for food,” she said.