Food Impact

Your Gifts Fed the Hungry and Nourished the Souls of the Poor

Cross Catholic Outreach has been working hard to protect families from hunger and to restore the health of the 820 million people worldwide who aren’t getting enough to eat — a number expected to rise even higher in the future. By funding global feeding programs and shipping hearty meals to impoverished communities, our donors have played a vital role in this mission to save lives and nourish souls. Supplying food is important because it also frees up a poor family’s limited resources, allowing them to pursue other important needs, such as medicines, house repairs and their children’s education. This work is all the more powerful when performed in service to Christ and for 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).

In fiscal year 2020, 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, food donors helped stave off widespread hunger and restore hope. Your gifts helped us send food supplies and fund nutritional costs for poverty relief projects in 16 countries. This included cash grants to 48 projects and the shipping of 24.2 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. 

In Haiti, for example, you enabled a Catholic mission to distribute monthly food staples to 200 vulnerable families each month, rescuing them from the prospect of going entire days without something to eat. In Guatemala, you helped the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima reach rural communities with urgently needed food during one of the most severe lockdowns in the world.

48 GRANTS PROVIDED TO 22 COUNTRIES

48/22

FOOD SHIPPED TO 16 PARTNERS IN 9 COUNTRIES

16/9

VITAFOOD MEALS SHIPPED

24.2

million

STUDENTS FED

4,077

HIGHLIGHTED FEEDING PROJECT

Kobonal Food for the Destitute

In 2020, Cross Catholic Outreach helped Father Glenn Meaux and the Kobonal Haiti Mission deliver nutritional relief to rural Haitian families. Once a month, the most vulnerable 250 families walked to the Mission to receive corn, beans, cooking oil and soap. During each distribution, a beneficiary led an opening prayer and a Bible reading. Then the participants were presented with a motivational talk that reinforced their faith and imparted practical knowledge. Topics included health tips such as the proper hand-washing technique to kill bacteria, the importance of using mosquito nets, and preventing cholera and other diseases by boiling or chlorinating their water.

FAST FACTS

Families Fed

With help from Cross Catholic Outreach donors, the Kobonal Haiti Mission supported 250 families per month with much-needed food staples.

Holistic
Intervention

The food distributions were one part of a broad program of poverty relief and development that also included house construction, community water, child education, agriculture, microenterprise and medical care.

Comprehensive
Funding

In addition to funding the food distributions, Cross Catholic Outreach managed all fundraising needs of the Kobonal Haiti Mission, providing a total of over $1.2 million to this long-term partner during fiscal year 2020.

Spirituality

Many of the benefiting families are deeply involved with the Mission, including regularly attending Mass at the newly constructed chapel and helping with the community garden, which helps feed Catholic schoolchildren.

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Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.