The Justice and Peace Committee of Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora is reaching out during this Lenten season to help those in need through the food pantries of Catholic Charities.
First phase of their efforts took place last month at a Super Bowl gathering when they collected more than $200 for a Souper Bowl of Caring Collection for the food pantries.
As a continued Lenten alms-giving drive for those who are poor and in need and as the second phase of the Justice and Peace Committee’s efforts, the group this month has begun a Non-Perishable Food Drive for the Catholic Charities food pantries. Paper bags are being provided during this weekend and next, along with a suggested list of items. Participants are asked to bring filled bags back to the Seminary by March 22.
Phase three of the alms-giving drive will include a non-perishable food collection using the same format during the Easter Season in some of the local parishes in the Diocese.
Parishes or individuals who would like to join in the Non-Perishable Food Drive for the Catholic Charities’ food pantries may contact John Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-8392 or Justin Steeg at email@example.com.
Seminary student John Adams, who is performing field work at the Lackawanna Food Pantry and was among those who initiated the drive, explained that this season is an appropriate time for a drive “since Lent is a time for almsgiving and almsgiving is making an offering to those in need.”
The donation bags have different suggested offerings. One sample bag list includes three cans of soup, three cans of tuna fish, one box of cereal, a jar of spaghetti sauce and a can of beef stew of chicken and dumplings (24 oz.).
In 2012, more than 3,000 individuals were assisted through the five food pantries operated by Catholic Charities. Three pantries are located in Buffalo, one in Lackawanna, and one which opened last year in Wellsville in Allegany County.