Give so others don’t go hungry

This Lent, let us reflect on the role each of us has in helping to alleviate hunger in our community. One way to make a difference is to participate in the 2021 virtual Lenten Food Drive.

Since 2008, members of the Archdiocese of Washington parish and school community have donated more 200,000 pounds of food annually to help meet a basic need of those living in poverty.

As we prepare for the celebration of Easter, consider how participating in the 2021 virtual drive will benefit hungry families and individuals in our community.

With the pandemic limiting our ability to interact personally, this year’s food drive has moved online.

Cash donations made online will allow Catholic Charities to purchase food to stock pantry shelves in the region. Donations also can be made through our Amazon wish list. Your participation will mean full shelves at Catholic Charities’ Southern Maryland Food Bank, Spanish Catholic Center food pantry and Montgomery County Family Center food pantry.

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hunger and food insecurity are pervasive

• 1 in 8 Americans is food insecure.
• 82,000 individuals in D.C. experience food insecurity.
• 31,000 children in D.C. lack access to a nutritious meal.

With your generosity, we will provide individuals and families who struggle with hunger and food insecurity opportunities to fill their kitchen pantries and enjoy a warm meal.

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catholic charities is a leader in the fight against hunger

Catholic Charities is on the front lines in the fight against hunger in the region. Last year alone, we provided more than 3.5 million meals to those in need and distributed more than 3 million pounds of food to local pantries. More than 87,700 packages of affordable, nutritious groceries were made available through our SHARE Food Network. The Southern Maryland Food Bank gave out more than 12,200 snack saks to children and homebound seniors.

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