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Kids help kids beat summer hunger

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Parents who visit the Alexandria Christ House food pantry each week are taking home food pantry staples alongside kid-approved snacks such as granola bars, popcorn and fruit cups. A prayer card is tucked inside each Summer Kid’s Meal Package — a grab bag of tasty snacks often packaged by other kids from parishes such as St. Agnes Church in Arlington, the Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria, St. James Church in Falls Church and St. Luke Church in McLean.

 

“The students of the parishes collect all the supplies, they pack it and they deliver it here,” said La Sallette Sister Aniliza (Annie) P. Juan, Christ House volunteer coordinator. “This is a wonderful project for the children because they are encouraged to give to the kids who don’t have the opportunities they do.”

 

As with other food pantries, Christ House has seen an increase in need. Though the demand peaked in late spring, the pantry still distributes twice the number of food as it did before the pandemic. “We used to serve 30 to 40 families, now we serve 60 to 80 every week,” said Sister Annie. She and the other volunteers hope to extend the summer program into September.

 

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