Archdiocese of Washington Launches Area-Wide Epiphany Food Drive

January 01, 2009

With the region’s food banks and parish food pantries facing empty shelves and increasing demand, the Archdiocese of Washington’s parishes and schools are seeking to fill more than 60,000 bags of food in a region-wide food drive this Christmas season.

The Epiphany Food Drive will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank, the Southern Maryland Food Bank and 60 parish-based food pantries. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, which operates the Southern Maryland Food Bank, is helping to coordinate the effort.

“Our pastors are reporting more and more families are turning to them seeking food and other assistance this year. In light of this significant need and as we celebrate the gift of Christ’s birth, it seemed only appropriate that we reach out to offer our own gift of food to those in need,” said Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl.

He added, “The response from parishes has been wonderful. They already have been doing so much to respond to the pastoral and material needs of the people who turn to them, but they recognize the need continues and by working together we can expand our reach even further.”

Bags and informational flyers will be distributed at the participating parishes between Christmas Day and Sunday, January 4. Parishioners will bring in food on the first two weekends in January. Those attending churches in Northwest Washington, DC and Montgomery and St. Mary’s counties will bring their bags filled with canned goods, juice, pastas and other food to church on January 3-4. Parishioners in the rest of the District of Columbia and Charles, Calvert and Prince George’s counties are being asked to bring their food donations to church on January 10-11.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 140 parishes located in the District of Columbia, and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

Contact:
Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
301-853-4517
[email protected]