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Annandale religious ed students collect fresh produce for St. Lucy Project

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Fresh produce, including onions, potatoes, carrots, oranges, apples and grapefruit, are making their way to needy families in Northern Virginia thanks to 210 students from religious education classes at St. Ambrose Church in Annandale. They filled a truck outside the school bound for Catholic Charities St. Lucy Project in Manassas Feb. 3.


Laura Mead, director of religious education at St. Ambrose, said the school and parish are supportive of Catholic Charities and agreed to do the pilot produce drive, the first since St. Lucy Project added a refrigeration system.


“We love what St. Lucy Project does and their vision of helping even more people and getting more parishes involved,” said Mead. “They’re always thinking of helping people in need, not only giving them the minimum but really trying to show that they know the dignity of a person, and the more we can do for people the better off we are.”


Parishioner Matthew Garcia came with his son, Jackson, to donate to the food drive. “We want to set an example of how to help families,” said Matthew. “We talk about how we are grateful for the things we have and try to share when we can and help out others.”

“It’s difficult for the food insecure to purchase fresh produce because it is so expensive,” said Patricia Kuntz, parish outreach specialist with the St. Lucy Project. “We are grateful to St. Ambrose to pilot this project and we look forward to more parishes donating these critical food items.” 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019