Worldwide, One Child Dies From Starvation Every Five Seconds

Together, we can feed the hungry and share Christ’s hope. Cross Catholic Outreach food packing events unite U.S. Catholics for an inspiring Work of Mercy — preparing Vitafood meal packets for hungry children and families in developing countries. With your help, we can unite U.S. Catholic families in faith while we provide lifesaving meals for impoverished families abroad.

Why pack Vitafood meals?

Children and families suffering from malnutrition have special dietary needs. That’s why Vitafood is such an incredible blessing! Meals are scientifically formulated with the right blend of protein, vitamins and nutrients to improve health. Servings are calorie-dense, are easy to ship and store, and can be seasoned to suit local preferences.

Through our food packing events and financial support from Catholics around the U.S., 20.6 million Vitafood meals were shipped to hungry children and families last year.

A Guatemalan mother feeds her toddler son Vitafood while he sits on her lap.

Vitafood protects young children from the lifelong effects of malnutrition in Japón Nacional B, Guatemala.

Here's How You Can Help

”When I was hungry, you gave me food…”
Matthew 25:35

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Tonight, nearly one billion people around the world will go to bed hungry. In developing countries, the poorest of the poor cannot find enough food to sustain their families. Without food, many lack the strength to work or attend school; in the worst cases, hunger leads to starvation and even death. Malnutrition is especially dangerous to vulnerable populations, including orphans, young children, pregnant mothers, the elderly and families suffering from extreme poverty.

Catholic priests, sisters and lay missionaries in developing countries want to rescue the most vulnerable and fill stomachs with life-saving food along with the spiritual nourishment of the Gospel message. With your help, Cross Catholic Outreach can provide the resources these missionaries need to care for the “least of these.”

Your school, parish or organization can fight world hunger by hosting a Cross Catholic Outreach food packing event. This event brings your community together to pack Vitafood and raise the funds necessary to ship nutritious food to the poorest of the poor around the world.

Vitafood is a protein-rich food product scientifically formulated with key vitamins and nutrients to energize, strengthen and improve the health of malnourished children and families. The fortified rice, vegetable and soy meals are designed to help restore the health of malnourished children and provide a reliable source of food to orphanages, schools and hungry families. Meals are sealed in airtight packets to prolong shelf life and maximize the number of meals shipped in each container.

Cross Catholic Outreach ministry partners rely on shipments of Vitafood to feed hundreds of thousands of meals to hungry children and families in poverty-stricken areas such as Guatemala, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. For just 33 cents per meal, Cross Catholic can cost-effectively purchase and ship Vitafood meals hand-packed by you!

Everyone! Invite your family, friends and colleagues to join you. Collaborate with other local parishes, schools and organizations to start a community-wide movement. Come together as the Body of Christ to change the world!

An event will pack a minimum of 40,000 meals, at a cost of 33 cents per meal, for a total cost of $13,200. The more money you raise, the more meals that can be delivered to malnourished children around the world. If you want to dream big, 285,120 meals can be shipped for $85,536. Think of the impact!

We encourage you to raise awareness about world hunger throughout your community. You can inspire local involvement by soliciting corporate and individual sponsorships. Change our world by raising funds through a variety of fun activities, including car washes, bake sales, auctions and so much more!

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2023, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.