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Join a food packing event in your community!

Cross Catholic Outreach Food Packing Events

Fuel faith and feed the hungry by packing lifesaving meals with your parish, school or group

Have fun, deepen faith, and feed the hungry like these volunteers at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Ashburn, Virginia.

Serve alongside family and friends.

Want to make a difference in a single afternoon or over the course of a weekend? Volunteering at a Cross Catholic Outreach food packing event empowers Catholic ministry partners to protect the world’s most vulnerable kids and families from malnutrition. Volunteers work in assembly lines to pack beans, soy, rice, dehydrated vegetables and vitamin packets. This faith-in-action service project unites community and family members, with jobs for all ages and abilities!

A group of 150 volunteers can pack 60,000 Vitafood meals in just 5 hours.

Sign Up For an Event Near You!

Date Organization Location Meals Packed Sign-Up
July 27 Knights of Columbus Tri-Chapter Nottingham, MD 50,000 Sign up
Sept 7 Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee DeFuniak Springs, FL 100,000 Sign up
Sept 7 Knights of Columbus Lancaster, PA 80,000 Sign up
Oct 5 Knights of Columbus St. Frances Cabrini Council Coram, NY 50,000 Sign up
Oct 19 West Virginia Knights of Columbus Hurricane, WV 60,000 Sign up
Oct 26 The Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph Owensboro, KY 50,000 Sign up
Mar 8, 2025 St. Patrick Catholic Church Palm Beach Gardens, FL 80,000 Sign up
April 26, 2025 Church of the Holy Trinity Cheyenne, WY 50,000 Sign up

Don’t see an event near you? Learn how to bring a food packing event to your area.

”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 60,000 meals, at a cost of 33 cents per meal, for a total cost of $19,800. 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!

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