Food Impact

Your Gift Filled Empty Stomachs With Nutritious Food

Cross Catholic Outreach has been working hard to protect families from hunger and restore health to families who aren’t getting enough to eat. It is estimated that 820 million people worldwide people worldwide suffer from hunger and that this number will rise due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic. You have helped us address this problem by funding global feeding programs and by helping us ship hearty meals to impoverished communities. The financial support of our donors plays a vital role in our mission to nourish lives and souls.

In fiscal year 2021, your generosity in supplying food was more critical than ever before. As families faced greater vulnerabilities because of COVID-19 lockdowns and the economic crisis that followed, donors supporting our food distributions helped stave off widespread hunger and restore hope. In Guatemala, you helped the Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu reach rural communities with urgently needed foodproviding an opportunity to transform entire communities both physically and spiritually. In Zambia, for example, you provided meals for the 168 children at Dagama School for the Physically Disabled, giving them the nutrition they need to fuel their education.

Overall, your gifts helped us send food and fund nutritional expenses for poverty relief projects in 18 countries. This included cash grants to 92 projects and the shipping of 20.5 million nutrient-rich Vitafood meals to the hungry. Your efforts met the immediate nutritional needs of the poor, including thousands of Catholic schoolchildren, while playing a vital role in the Church’s efforts to holistically nourish bodies, minds and souls.

Supplying food is important because it also frees up a poor family’s limited resources, allowing them to acquire other important needs, such as medicineshouse repairs and their children’s education. Our approach of working through parish and diocese missions whenever possible means our efforts also have a spiritual impact. We are dedicated to Christ and to the building of his kingdom, for “one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).



The Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu

In 2021, Cross Catholic Outreach helped Bishop Pablo Vizcaino Prado in Guatemala’s Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu by shipping 835,020 Vitafood meals to support his programs. These resources were a lifeline to a community where 6 out of 10 people lack access to affordable, nutritious food. The meals are part of an overall community transformation strategy that is building the capacity of the diocese while strengthening the faith of the people through the Church’s initiatives. With your help, Cross Catholic Outreach is able to deliver nutritious food as well as fund a variety of programs, including those providing clean water, education and agricultural training.


Meals Provided

With help from supporters like you, Cross Catholic Outreach shipped 835,020 nutritious meals to the Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu in 2021.

Community Transformation

The diocese is one of Cross Catholic Outreach’s Community Transformation partners. In addition to food, our supporters provided funding for clean water, education, agricultural training and spiritual formation.

Comprehensive Funding

In fiscal year 2021, Cross Catholic Outreach supporters provided $1,183,808 in funding to the diocese’s programs.

Spiritual Formation

The Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu is a uniquely Catholic diocese. According to Bishop Vizcaino, 70% of the local population is Catholic — nearly twice the Catholic population in Guatemala and four times that of the United States.

The number of projects includes activities funded in fiscal year 2021. The detailed outputs are activities completed during fiscal year 2021; uncompleted activities are carried over into the next fiscal year.

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