Food drive driven by faith… and trucks

Food drive driven by faith… and trucks
Above, Bishop Dennis Sullivan carries bags to be shipped to food pantries, after celebrating Mass at Saints Peter and Paul in Turnersville March 6 to kick off the Camden Diocese’s FaithFULL initiative. Below, bags of donated items below a stained-glass rendition of the Last Supper. Photos by James A. McBride

Above, Bishop Dennis Sullivan carries bags to be shipped to food pantries, after celebrating Mass at Saints Peter and Paul in Turnersville March 6 to kick off the Camden Diocese’s FaithFULL initiative. Below, bags of donated items below a stained-glass rendition of the Last Supper.
Photos by James A. McBride

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Above, Kevin Hagood, a case manager with Catholic Charities’ Veteran Services Program and, below, Camille Cuentas, a case manager and outreach worker with Catholic Charities, help in the food effort at Our Lady of Hope Parish, Saint Agnes Church in Blackwood. Photos by Jamaila Cuentas

Above, Kevin Hagood, a case manager with Catholic Charities’ Veteran Services Program and, below, Camille Cuentas, a case manager and outreach worker with Catholic Charities, help in the food effort at Our Lady of Hope Parish, Saint Agnes Church in Blackwood.
Photos by Jamaila Cuentas

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A Paul VI High School student wears a T-shirt with FaithFULL Food Drive 2016 logo. Photo by James A. McBride

A Paul VI High School student wears a T-shirt with FaithFULL Food Drive 2016 logo.
Photo by James A. McBride

On Sunday, March 6, the third annual one-day FaithFULL Food Drive took place in the Diocese of Camden, with parishes and schools across its six counties collecting canned and non-perishable goods for local food pantries.

The donated items will bring some relief to a region that, according to Feed America, has one in six people facing food insecurity, with one in five being children.

The items collected, including vegetables, vegetable juice, soup, tuna, applesauce, and jars of peanut butter, went to the Food Bank of South Jersey (Pennsauken), the Community FoodBank of NJ (Egg Harbor Township), Catholic Charities, and local and parish-run food pantries.

Bishop Dennis Sullivan kicked off the food drive after the 9:15 a.m. Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Turnersville, with a blessing of the food collected by parishioners.

The “exciting” day was a “great opportunity for the Diocese of Camden to participate in during the Jubilee of Mercy,” said Michael Jordan Laskey, director of Life & Justice Ministries for the diocese.

“As Feeding the Hungry is one of the most well-known of the Corporal Works of Mercy, FaithFULL was a great way to respond to the Holy Father’s call. We have the opportunity and privilege to help make this world closer to God’s dream for it.”

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