Food Ministry

The need is great and the demand for food is growing.  Over 70,000 people in Fairfax County are in need of food assistance and over 200,000 are in need throughout our Diocese.

Holy Spirit parishioners are making a difference and have the opportunity to support two types of food ministries: a local pantry run just 7 miles away from Holy Spirit and Christ House on Wheels (CHOW) pantry which serves the poorest of the poor operating out of the Christ House in Old Town Alexandria.  A brief description for each follows.

LOCAL FOOD PANTRY: Last Sunday of EVERY Month and Thanksgiving Day Mass (Delivery occurs with No exceptions).  Mother Maria and Sister Delphina thank you for your generosity!

Holy Spirit parishioners provide non-perishable food which is transported the last Sunday of every month, and Thanksgiving morning in bins in front of the Church.  The Poor Sisters of St. Joseph distribute food weekly for over 100 poor families monthly.  Please call Vince to arrange special donations which are welcome especially around holidays.

Please contact Vince if you want to see the pantry during our drop off time.  Volunteers are welcome.  Service hours are available for volunteers. Parents must accompany children.

For more information please contact Vince Cannava at [email protected]  or 571-442-4673

CHRIST HOUSE ON WHEELS (CHOW): Special Parish Food Collections will be announced during Lent (March 2014) and for Hungry Children in preparation for Summer (May 2014).

Food donated in these collections are brought to the Christ House basement by Holy Spirit volunteers and usually isn’t long before the food is in the client’s hands.  Food is sorted and shelved by volunteers.  Some food is loaded into client bags for walk-in clients to the Christ House.  Other Food is put in 40 lb. boxes by volunteers and stacked for volunteer drivers to take them to pantries in need.  Boxes could be transported to one of 21 “Anchor” Pantries in the 21 Counties of the Diocese of Arlington as displayed in the CHOW map at the end.  CHOW gets food to people in need thanks to your generosity.

Please Contact: Vince Cannava -571-442-4673 Cell if you would like to volunteer to help to drop food off at the Christ House, or help sorting food in the pantry, or help pack food on the 2nd or 4th Saturday of the month, or drive to a pantry location with 10 to 15 boxes of food.

Vince is also the director of the St Lucy Project with the diocese. Click here for information.

As we feed the hungry, it is important to know the impact our actions have on others. Kristine Levine shares her personal story of hunger and dignity in nourishing the soul in I’m a Little Too Fat, a Little Too Giving. I Think I Know Why.



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