Feed the Desperately Hungry

Around the world, an estimated 820 million people do not have enough to eat.

And the global hunger crisis threatens to grow worse.

Ukraine and Russia produce 30% of the world’s wheat and 20% of its corn. Dwindling exports are setting in motion a global surge in food insecurity and malnutrition. In times of hardship, it is often the poorest, including hungry children, who suffer most.  They pray for help — and you can answer their prayers!

Just 15 Cents Can Fill a Child’s Bowl With Food

Every Gift Is Critically Important to Overcoming Rampant Malnutrition

By shipping prepackaged, protein-rich meals, and by purchasing locally in bulk, Cross Catholic Outreach can provide a hearty meal to feed a child for as little as 15 cents. That means a gift of $35 can provide 233 nutritious meals. A gift of $50 can provide 333 meals, a generous gift of $150 provides 1,000 meals, and so on!

For I was hungry and you gave me food. – Matthew 25:35

The Promise of Food – and Hope

Angela Salam Velázquez is only 2 years old but, sadly, she already knows the pain of hunger. She lives with nine other family members — her grandparents, great-grandparents and three siblings — in the Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu, Guatemala.

Families in this impoverished region on Guatemala’s southwest coast suffer deeply from lack of basic necessities. We’re working to bring clean water, safe housing, education, improved agricultural practices and much more to the community – but our top priority is to supply healthy food to stop extreme hunger.

By responding compassionately and generously, you can have an immediate impact on the urgent need for food and help bring long-term hope and change for little Angela and her family!

Fruits of Your Compassion in Action

Nine-year-old Amrita Kumar has been blessed with daily meals, and her improved health is a powerful sign of the impact of this important mission of mercy. Amrita comes from a large Catholic family in the small South American nation of Guyana, sandwiched between Venezuela, Suriname and Brazil.  Severe poverty is rampant in her community, and the hardships it creates have left many families feeling hopeless.

Fortunately, faith and hope run strong in Amrita’s family. Along with three of her siblings, she receives meals each day thanks to Cross Catholic Outreach. Her mother is so grateful for this precious gift that she volunteers her time to prepare the meals at the local chapel.

The nutritious food Amrita receives is helping her grow strong. She’s excelling in school at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church.  This is what happens when caring friends like you take action to feed hungry children! 

Smiles and Full Bellies, Thanks to Caring Hearts

The Vitafood meals provided by Cross Catholic Outreach are answering the prayers of struggling parents across the developing world.

In the Dominican Republic, Berta Rodriguez, a single mother of five children, has been blessed by these meals and is grateful beyond words. Berta and her children, including Wualdy (pictured, left) and Arielvis (right), live in a small, two-room home. Berta occasionally finds work ironing or cleaning, but these temporary jobs make it difficult for her to keep food on the family’s table.

Thankfully, her children are able to attend community feeding programs organized by our in-country ministry partner, New Joy Foundation. The Rodriguez family and others also receive Vitafood to cook at home, so the children don’t go hungry. Your generosity makes these life-changing works of mercy possible!

A Powerful Solution to Hunger

No Gift Brings More Immediate Help Than Nutritious Food Does

Last year, you provided 20.5 million meals for the hungry. Together, let’s feed even more of our brothers and sisters in need.




Nutritious Meals




Nutritious Meals




Nutritious Meals



Nutritious Meals

Become a Cross Mission Partner Today

Cross Mission Partners receive this prayer journal, handmade by those we serve in Haiti!

Use it for reflections and notes to grow in your spiritual life. You’ll also receive a prayer request form to mail back so that we can pray for your needs. In effect, this creates a spiritual bridge to connect you to our sisters and brothers in Christ in the developing world!

Cross Mission Partners also receive a semiannual Mission Update with news, insights and information about the good work and accomplishments made possible by your support.

* Every dollar helps us bless the least of our brothers and sisters throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Mexico & Central America and South America.

Thank You for Your Special Commitment to Serving the Poor!

Food Program Resources

Around the world, poor families struggle to feed their children. Learn more about malnutrition in Nicaragua — and how Cross Catholic Outreach is responding — in the stories below.

Vitafood is the generic name for all of Cross Catholic Outreach’s specially formulated meal packs, which are designed to meet the needs of the malnourished.

Each pack of Vitafood has three main components: a rice or lentil base, a protein (usually soy or beans) and key vitamins to energize, strengthen and improve the health of malnourished children and families.

Vitafood meal packs are extremely flexible. They come in several different varieties and can be prepared with additional spices or ingredients to suit local tastes. No matter how it is prepared, Vitafood’s nutritional value remains the same, providing the optimal balance of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, fat and carbohydrates that hungry bodies need.

Cross Catholic Outreach shipped 24.2 million Vitafood meals to feed the hungry through Catholic ministries around the world in Fiscal Year 2020.

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2022, 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.