Join the Fight Against Global Malnutrition

In developing countries around the world, many children are going to bed on an empty stomach — and the health implications are often tragic. Malnutrition can have a devastating impact on the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of growing boys and girls.

Physical Health

Conditions such as anemia and wasting can evolve into permanent issues.

Mental Health

Early childhood malnutrition can cause irreversible cognitive delays.

Spiritual Health

The daily struggle for necessities makes life bleak and saps spiritual hope.

Hunger steals children’s ability to grow, learn and hope — but it doesn’t have to be this way! Your support of Catholic feeding programs fills plates with food and nourishes souls with Christ’s mercy.

How We Work

Equipping Catholic Ministries to Feed the Hungry

To address the global hunger crisis, Cross Catholic Outreach works with trusted ministry partners operating in regions of deepest need. These devoted ministries just need the food and funding to bless hungry people in their communities!

Grants that help ministries purchase, cook and distribute food relief.

Ready-to-go shipments of specially formulated Vitafood meal packs.

Grants that help ministries purchase, cook and distribute food relief.

Ready-to-go shipments of specially formulated Vitafood meal packs.

Partner Spotlight:

St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center

At St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center, children receive nutritious meals, as well as medical care, education, and enriching spiritual formation.

Large percentages of Kenyan children suffer from anemia and stunting. Hunger threatens to keep these children trapped in pain and poverty for the rest of their lives… Thankfully, partners like St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center are fighting to give them a future.

Founded by the Diocese of Kitale, this ministry provides integral support for children living in camps outside of Kitale, Kenya. By providing nutritious meals, medical care, education and spiritual formation, St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center changes young lives and sets them on the path to victory.

Michael was hungry and in poor health. Today, with help from St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center, he is healthy and hopeful!

Michael searched for food on the streets.

His father left, and his mother fell ill — so at just 9 years old, Michael Ekhale was begging for food on the busy streets of Kitale. St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center was able to reach Michael with mercy and meals, but many children remain in urgent need.

Fill plates. Nourish hungry souls.

God has a divine purpose for each child’s life. He has designed their bodies to grow, learn, dream and achieve incredible things — but they can’t do that without proper nutrition. For just 15 cents a meal, your generosity can provide people like Michael with the nourishment they need to survive, thrive and access their God-given potential.

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$50

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Nutritious Meals

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Provides

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Nutritious Meals

$50

Provides

333

Nutritious Meals

$75

Provides

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Nutritious Meals

Provides

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Nutritious Meals

Food Program Resources

In developing nations around the world, families are struggling to put food on the table. Read more about global hunger — and the steps we can take to deliver relief — 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.

Change Even More Lives

Giving monthly is a small way to have a big impact. Your regular support empowers our ministry to respond to urgent needs and fulfill our long-term projects around the world.

Become a monthly donor today and experience the joy of impacting lives every month.

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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.

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.