4th Annual PKWY Tuna Drive

Posted by Chris Etherington on Oct 04 2021 at 10:24AM PDT

PKWY families, it’s that time of year again to come together and donate to an amazing cause. Each year we do a Tuna Drive to raise money for a few food pantries in the area.

Just like last year, we will be collecting Tuna cans/pouches for 2 weeks. November 1st – 13th will be the dates this year! We will be doing this for ALL groups again with a little friendly competition between groups. Swimmers will be bringing the tuna to practice and their coach will be bringing the cans/pouches to the office at the end of each week to be counted. The winning group will get a pizza party! To keep things fair, group totals will be based on percentage of can/pouches to swimmers in that group.

In 2018 we had a total of 600, in 2019, we doubled and had a total of 1503. Last year we had an amazing donation system and had a total of 2,365! Can we do it again this year?! We want to make as much impact as we can since COVID has done a number on a bunch of families in our communities and across the world over the last couple of years.

Parkway Swim Club will be taking the donations to local food pantries on November 14th. Here is a little bit more information about the food pantries we will be delivering the tuna to:

We will be donating all cans/pouches to the Parkway Food Pantry and the Ekklesia Food Pantry. Ekklesia (formerly known as River Oaks Food Pantry) is a small independent food pantry located in the Wentzville/Foristell area. They service more than 400 people per quarter and depend on private donations only. Because of their location, they do not receive assistance from other organizations such as the scouts. They have reached out to us for help. The most needed item is tuna because of its high protein content and versatility with cooking. Remember the cost is small, but the need is great. Please help the 1 in 4 children that go to bed hungry every night by donating one or more cans/pouches of tuna.

Any tuna turned in late will be collected and counted for the team’s total donation, but will not count towards their group percentages so please try to get donations in early. Last year we had a great showing and we want to try to keep that going so we need your help. Thank you for your generosity!

Chris Etherington
Head Age Group Coach