While the majority of homes in Owensboro were filled with flavorful dishes and snack foods in preparation for the big game on Sunday, St. Benedict’s Homeless Shelter for men was doing just the same.
On Saturday afternoon, Director Harry Pedigo made the public aware of the shelter’s annual Super Bowl party on Facebook. Pedigo made a request for donations of drinks, snacks and finger foods, and welcomed visitors to join the men.
Responses quickly trickled in from individuals and businesses offering to drop off donations of bagged chips, cookies, large pans of food, pizza, brownies and soft drinks.
“It’s just a way for us to encourage them [the men] to have fun, come in early from outside and show them the support behind them in the community,” Pedigo said. “They see the support through all the donations and even outsiders come in to watch the game and hang out.”
By the time game time rolled around, the counter space was covered with hot dishes and a large folding table was overflowing with chips and snacks as over 15 men were gathered around to eat and enjoy the game.
“We do things like this throughout the year just as a way to love on them,” Pedigo said. “It’s truly something they enjoy.”