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Mobile Market at the cathedral provides food to those in need

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The Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington hosted its first Mobile Market Feb. 25 in conjunction with the Capital Area Food Bank to serve those dealing with food insecurity. This drive-thru food distribution provided nonperishables as well as fresh produce including fruits and vegetables.

The monthly market originally was scheduled to begin Feb. 18 but was delayed due to inclement weather.

Recipients lined up in their cars, waiting outside the white tents that the cathedral school recently opened as outdoor classrooms, while volunteers worked quickly to place bagged groceries into trunks and backseats.

Father Patrick L. Posey, rector of the cathedral, said: “(W)e have always sought to imitate our Lord’s words in Matthew 25:35, ‘For I was hungry, and you gave me food, thirsty, and you gave me drink;’ but the pandemic has exacerbated the already tenuous situation experienced by so many. Catholic Charities has reported an exponential increase in food requests. Hunger knows no timeline; it doesn’t recognize the seasons, the availability of vaccines, age, gender or race. The food insecure have families; and I want them to know that their spiritual family at STM is here for them. I am excited to start this initiative to bring the face of Christ to our community.” 

Find out more

The Mobile Market will be held at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, 3901 Cathedral Ln., Arlington, on the third Thursday of every month, 5-7 p.m. For more info, call 703/525-1300 or go to cathedralstm.org.

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021