Food drive aims for 100,000 pounds of food for area food banks and pantries

March 19, 2010

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington is partnering with over 130 parishes and Catholic schools in Washington, DC and Maryland for a Share in Hope Food Drive to collect 100,000 pounds of food for area food banks and pantries.

On March 20 and 21, thousands of parishioners in Prince George’s County, Southern Maryland and northeast and southeast Washington, DC will bring bags full of canned goods to their local parish. Last weekend, parishes and schools in northwest Washington, DC and Montgomery County did their part to collect emergency food aid for their neighbors who are hungry.

More than 70,000 paper bags have been handed out at 108 parishes and 25 Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Washington. This is the third annual food drive coordinated by Catholic Charities in partnership with local parishes and Catholic schools. Donations will support the Capital Area Food Bank, Southern Maryland Food Bank and local parish-run food pantries.

The drive comes during a time when the Capital Area Food Bank reports 25 percent more Washington-area families need emergency food assistance.

“Too many families are facing a real risk of going hungry. With little or no extra income, they choose between keeping the house, keeping the lights on and keeping food on the table. We are here, as a community, to help overcome these challenges,” said Ed Orzechowski, president and CEO of Catholic Charities.

The drive is being conducted in stages, based on region, due to the scope and size. Total donations will be tallied by April 1.

About Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington helps individuals and families in need living in Washington, DC, and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland. Annually, more than 120,000 people receive needed support related to housing, food, legal aide, physical and mental health, and other services, regardless of race, nationality and religion. This support is delivered by 82 programs in 56 geographically diverse locations with more than 4,500 staff and volunteers. For more information, visit

Erik Salmi
Catholic Charities
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