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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 40,000 Vitafood meals in just 4 hours.

Sign Up For an Event Near You!

Date Organization Location Goal Sign up
January 28 Cardinal Gibbons High School Ft. Lauderdale, FL 60,000  
February 4 Cardinal Newman High School West Palm Beach, FL 60,000  
February 25 St. Michael the Archangel Parish Auburn, AL 40,000  
February 25 St. Patrick Catholic Church Palm Beach Gardens, FL 40,000 Sign up
February 25 St. Paul Catholic Church and School Leesburg, FL 40,000  
March 3 John Carroll High School Ft. Pierce, FL 40,000  
March 18 St. Theresa Catholic Church Ashburn, VA 120,000  
March 18 Summerville Catholic School Summerville, SC 40,000  
March 22 Vincent Pallotti High School Laurel, MD 60,000  
March 26 St. John Neumann Catholic Church Reston, VA 40,000  
March 31 St. Ignatius Catholic Parish Mobile, AL 40,000  
April 1 Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Northridge, CA 50,000  
April 22 Ascension Catholic Church Boca Raton, FL 40,000 Sign up
April 29 The Academy of the Sacred Heart Bloomfield Hills, MI 40,000  
May 13 Milwaukee Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Milwaukee, WI 40,000  

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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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!

A few days before the event, the supplies will be delivered to your venue. Setup typically occurs the day or evening before a packing day. Cross Catholic Outreach will have one to two representatives on site on the day of the event to assist with everything from setup through cleanup. The typical food packing event begins around 8 to 9 a.m. and finishes between noon and 4 p.m. depending on the size of the event. Post-event cleanup usually takes about an hour, and the venue will be as good as if not cleaner than before!