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OLPH LOC (Archdiocese of Washington) Food Pantry Helping Families During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Ladies of Charity of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church along with their Pastor, Very Reverend Michael Thompson, S.S.J. volunteer in the food pantry every Thursday from 9:30 AM —1:30 PM. The pantry is open to the community from 10:30 AM — 12:30 PM.

On an average, the volunteers provide food for approximately 150 persons per week. However, during the recent COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, there has been an upsurge in the need for food. Since the pandemic, approximately, 350 persons are being provided food weekly. The demand is high due to loss of employment and the CDC stay-at-home lockdown to try and control the virus. Families are really suffering.

Typically, each family receives food for at least 3 days. The average number of persons in a family is four. They receive fresh produce, meat, non-perishables (canned vegetables; cereal; milk; pasta; tuna; soup; canned fruit; peanut butter/jelly; rice; beans); and, bread/baked goods, if available. The food pantry has become a lifeline for the community, but resources are dwindling. With prayer, faith and hope— God will provide.

Submitted by: Toni K. Gaines

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