Project Catalog

Food

Nearly 283 million people around the world suffer from extreme hunger — and a heartbreaking number of them are children. Many millions more fight a constant battle to get enough to eat. You can answer their hunger pangs by joining us in sending them nutritious meals in a way that also extends the love of Christ.

During our 2023 fiscal year, we responded to the needs of the poor and hungry by delivering more than 37 million meals of Vitafood — specially formulated meal packs designed to meet the needs of the malnourished — and by providing grants to 24 nutrition projects in vulnerable communities around the world.

Fortunately, the Jesuits of Ecuador are aware of these hardships and are doing what they can to keep children, mothers, and the elderly in their area safe, properly fed and spiritually strong.

The Family of Families Center they operate gives local residents who are struggling with a regular source of food, the safety of a secure shelter and access to educational programs built on the foundation of Christ and his Church. Through this ministry, the Jesuits instruct families on healthy home living and farming practices that can help them feed their children and increase their income. It’s a vital outreach — but it can only continue to serve local families with your help.

Help fight poverty and bless the 900 people the Family of Families Center serves by supporting their ministry with a generous gift today! It’s a wonderful way to respond to our Lord’s calling: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

Young students in a classroom at Baraka Catholic Kindergarten.
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Education in Kenya – Baraka Catholic Kindergarten

Give a Kenyan child the gift of delicious and sustaining meals.
An elderly woman receives food and resources from the ministry.
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Food in Mozambique – ACM Elderly Food

Nourish the elderly and abandoned in Mozambique with food and medicine.
A family of eight stands behind a bag of food.
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Food in Guyana – Hamper Distribution Guyana

Provide food baskets and hope for Guyana’s hungry families.
Two women stand behind a cart of meals in bowls.
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Food in Bolivia – Franciscan Social Center

Provide hot lunches and hope for Bolivia’s most impoverished citizens.
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Food in Peru – Jesuits of Peru

Your support sends nutritious Vitafood to hungry students and vulnerable people through the Jesuits of Peru.
A girl holds a pack of food.
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Vitafood Meals for the Hungry – Honduras

Your gift will rush a large shipment of donated Vitafood meals to Honduras to feed the hungry in communities plagued by poverty and malnutrition.
A little girl smiles at the camera.
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Food in Mexico – Tláhuac Home for Girls

Your support will restore health and hope by feeding 60 young girls who are suffering from crippling poverty, malnutrition — and even abuse.
Three women eat a meal while sitting at a table.
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Housing in Ethiopia – Elderly People Support

Bless the marginalized with nourishing meals, medical care and safe housing.
A woman holding a child.
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Food in Dominican Republic – Fundación Hospital El Buen Samaritano

Your gift will feed families of sugarcane plantation workers who have backbreaking jobs but often can afford just one meal a day.
A group of mother's with babies on their laps.
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Education in Haiti – Marie Louise Bayle Center

Nourish the lives and souls of children with food and a Catholic education.
An elderly resident of the St. Joseph Day Center plays a game at the table.
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Food in Haiti – St. Joseph’s Elderly Care Center

Support and feed a community of elders in Haiti.
Children in navy and light blue uniforms sit around child-size tables.
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Education in Peru – Cáritas Vocational School Day Care

Give families hope by providing support for parents seeking vocational training.

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Most Urgent Needs Around the World

Transform the lives of the poor by meeting their most urgent needs. Your gift can support critical ongoing programs or provide lifesaving supplies such as food or medicine when disasters strike. Be an answer to prayer. Make a gift today!

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Make a gift in honor of a friend or family member! It’s an easy way to raise awareness of the Church’s work while making a difference in the lives of the poor. Once you complete the checkout process, let your honoree know about your gift by sending a printed certificate or e-card.

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When you include Cross Catholic as a beneficiary in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy, you will make a difference for poor communities by meeting both material and spiritual needs for generations to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Cross Catholic Outreach Project Catalog makes it easy to support the world poverty relief and development efforts dearest to your heart. You can fund an individual project — such as one providing Food or Housing— in a specific country, or you can give to one of our various general funds. All listed projects are those we have committed to funding during our current fiscal year.
It’s easy to shop through the Cross Catholic Outreach Project Catalog. Simply browse the categories and choose an item within your budget and close to your heart, such a Women-Owned Farms in Haiti or Powdered Milk for Children. Select and sponsor one or more of these gifts, and you’ll make a meaningful impact on the life of a needy child or family. It’s that simple!

Absolutely! Once you select your items, you’ll be given the option of sending an e-card or printing a customizable certificate. This is a meaningful way to share Christ’s love with others while also honoring friends and family.

We are a Catholic ministry that partners with bishops, priests, religious and lay workers to provide food, water & health, housing, kids & education, women & girls, disaster relief, farming & loans opportunities and the love of our Lord Jesus Christ to the poor and vulnerable in over 30 countries around the world.

We meticulously honor the intent of our donors. All proceeds are restricted for the specific project for which they are raised, along with the fundraising and administrative expenses of that project. For each dollar you earmark for a specific project, about 83 cents goes directly to the project, while the remaining 17 cents goes to fundraising and administrative expenses for that project. Out of the combined total of all cash and material goods donated to Cross Catholic Outreach in a typical year, about 95% goes directly to programs that help the poor and vulnerable.

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2025, 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.