Combating Domestic Poverty

About Poverty 

Did you know that there are 46.2 million people in the United States living in poverty? These numbers do not reflect the impact of covid-19 on the economic downturn many people in the united states are facing. Learn more about poverty in the United States and how you can help!

Catholic Social Teaching 

Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. Review the roots of the teachings and explore the seven themes that demand our attention and influence our action.

CCHD Grants Program 

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education.

CCHD provides grants to groups that are working in the broad areas of community development and economic development. Learn more about the grant process and how to apply.

Founded in 1969, CCHD’s pastoral strategy is empowerment of the poor through a methodology of participation and education for justice, leading toward solidarity between poor and non-poor as impelled by the Church’s biblical tradition, modern Catholic social teaching, and the pervasive presence of poverty in the United States. This ministry for justice is rooted in our baptism and faith commitment.

The grants, economic development, and education for justice programs of the Campaign, implemented in collaboration with local dioceses, are supported from an annual collection in U.S. Catholic parishes.

Community Food Security Program

No one should go hungry. During the COVID-19 pandemic, and with school closures, job disruptions, and health risks, thousands of people in our communities have turned to food banks for much-needed support. Since the start of the pandemic, the number of people served through our parish and school food security programs monthly in our area has grown to more than 15,000, with costs rising to more than $200,000. Your gift to the Community Food Security Program will help sustain and replenish parish and school food pantries where demand has skyrocketed throughout the archdiocese. For more information including ways to give to the program, the CRS Rice Bowl and parish-based food pantries, go the Community Food Security Program page.

Questions? Contact the Archdiocese of Washington’s Director of the Office for Social Concerns, Genevieve Mougey at [email protected].