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Volume 48
Number 1
The magazine of Catholic Charities USA

Food Security during COVID-19: The Catholic Charities ministry responds

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Sister Donna Markham Video Message

Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, President & CEO of CCUSA, introduces the current issue of the magazine.
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Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas creates the Market to H.O.P.E. (video)

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Passing the potatoes is no game during COVID-19 (video)

Jane Stenson, vice president of food and nutrition at Catholic Charities USA, joins the following Catholic Charities staff and volunteers in a discussion about - among other things - how the agencies received, transported and delivered potatoes to people in need during COVID-19. Beth Chambers, DirectorCatholic Charities Greater Boston Dixie Shaw, Director of Hunger…
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Lessons learned by Catholic Charities ministry about food security during pandemic (audio)

Jane Stenson, vice president for food and nutrition and poverty reduction strategies at Catholic Charities USA, discusses how the national office and local agencies in the Catholic Charities ministry provided food to people affected by the pandemic. Stenson talks about positive developments like creating pantries at senior centers, challenges like lack of refrigeration, and lessons…
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Familia Lopez: A SNAP story from Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan

When Elvia Lopez arrived in Michigan she had two kids, she was feeling very alone. Even though she had some acquaintances in town, Elvia felt lost. She didn't speak English and didn't know anything about this new country. It was her first time out of her small town in Zacatecas, Mexico.  For a few months,…
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Hope takes root: The W. Atlee Burpee Company’s response to the Laudato sì Challenge

50,000 refugee clients set to benefit from generous seed donation Five years ago, in his encyclical letter, “Laudato sì: On Care for Our Common Home,” His Holiness Pope Francis entreated all humans to become better stewards of both one another and our burdened planet. In response to this call, Eric Harr founded the Laudato si…
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USDA adjusts food programs during pandemic to help those in need

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Household Food Insecurity in the United States report, more than 35 million people struggled with hunger in 2019.  In 2020, due to the impact of the pandemic, the number is moving toward 50 million people experiencing food insecurity, including 17 million children. The Catholic Charities ministry continues to serve the expanding number of people…
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Editor’s Column

Pope Francis wrote that “Hunger is criminal; food is an inalienable right” (Fratelli tutti, No. 189). The comment needs little defense; a person or a group of people not having enough to eat strikes most people as inherently unjust. The sentiment even surfaces in our daily lives, as when a parent chides a child for… > More

CCUSA Update

Catholic Charities USA and Felician Sisters of North America establish $2 million “CCUSA Francis Fund for Eviction Prevention” As thousands of families faced eviction by the end of December 2020, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and the Felician Sisters of North America joined forces to create the “CCUSA Francis Fund for Eviction Prevention.”  Each organization contributed $1 million… > More

Network Notes

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh food pantry clients increase during pandemic The Durham Community Food Pantry, a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, has been serving 5,000 individuals per month during the COVID-19 pandemic, up from 1,000 per month pre-COVID. Staff and volunteers have worked hard to meet the demand,… > More

Agency Spotlight

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens provides essential food assistance to New Yorkers in need during global pandemic Dedicated to Thomas A. DeStefano, former Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Brooklyn, and former President of Catholic Charities USA This Spring, the actions of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens' staff, donors, and volunteers were never truer… > More


Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG)February 6-9, 2021Virtual GatheringThis year only, scholarships are available to cover a portion of the registration fee. Apply now! The application deadline is January 19, 2021. Don’t miss this transformative annual gathering for leaders in Catholic social ministry and advocacy! This year, we will pray, learn, and advocate together on the disparities… > More


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