Students from elementary schools, high schools, and schools of special education packaged over
17,000 relief bags to benefit Nutritional Development Services’ Community Food Program
Today, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. officially kicked-off Catholic Schools Week (CSW) in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with a day-long community service event Nourishing our Neighbors—Catholic School Students as Servant Leaders.
The keystone CSW event brought over 800 students representing parish-based elementary schools as well as Archdiocesan high schools and schools of special education to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary to package over 17,000 relief bags benefiting Nutritional Development Services’ (NDS) Community Food Program. The assembled relief bags contained non-perishable items including food, socks, washcloths, toothbrushes, and note cards to benefit children and families struggling with hunger and homelessness.
Mrs. Lizanne Hagedorn, Executive Director of NDS, said, “What you do today will make a difference in the life of that child, of that homeless man or woman and of that elderly couple in ways we may never know.” She continued, “To be working with you today, as a community of Christians, imitating the example of Christ, with the purpose of providing nourishment is both powerful and humbling. Like the first disciples we are called today and every day to serve our neighbors.
After you leave here today, please take some time to reflect on this accomplishment and its impact. Don’t underestimate what you can do, individually or as a group, or what change you can affect in the lives of others.
And never forget what the disciples surely learned by the miracle of the loaves and fishes. With God, all things are possible.”
NDS’ Community Food Program is a modern day equivalent to the miracle of the loaves and fishes as schools, parishes, and individuals give what they can to make a difference. As a result, both the giver and receiver are nourished.
NDS, the beneficiary of this service program, is an agency of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia within the Secretariat for Catholic Human Services. Its goal is to provide meals, food assistance, and additional support to organizations serving children and the poor as an extension of the mission of the Church.
The national observance of Catholic Schools Week is January 28-February 3, 2018 and the theme is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead Succeed. Each day has a unique theme. The theme for Monday, January 29th is Celebrating Your Community.
The event was streamed via Facebook live in Archbishop Chaput’s official Facebook page. Archived video is available at https://vimeo.com/catholicphilly/nourish2018.
Additional Background Regarding Today’s Announcement
The bags packed today benefit Nutritional Development Services’ (NDS) in three distinct areas Kid Snack Bags, Outreach Bags, and Emergency Food Cupboard Bags.
Editor’s Note: For information about Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit https://aopcatholicschools.org/. For more information about Nutritional Development Services, please visit www.nutritionaldevelopmentservices.org