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Drive nets 12,584 pounds of food for St. Lucy Food Project

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Parishioners at Church of the Nativity in Burke contributed 12,584 pounds of food to the St. Lucy Food Project July 24 in what the parish called its biggest food drive of the year.


Nativity organizers used a “drive-by, drop-off” no-contact model for safe food drives, with volunteers wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines.


Bishop Michael F. Burbidge was on-site with Father Robert Cilinski, Nativity’s pastor, to encourage volunteers and staff and greet parishioners and community members dropping off food.


Diocesan Catholic Charities said it counted 20,917 visits to its pantries or partners since March, a 154 percent increase from the same period in 2019.


The St. Lucy Food Project supplies food to families served by three Catholic Charities pantries: Loaves and Fishes in Front Royal, Christ House in Alexandria and the Leesburg regional office in Leesburg, as well as more than 60 parish, interfaith, government and community pantries across the diocese.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020