The new initiative from Cross Catholic Outreach is a call to address the urgent needs of those suffering from food insecurity and extreme hunger.
Cross Catholic Outreach, an international Catholic nonprofit organization committed to serving the most vulnerable, is launching a comprehensive global campaign called "Fight World Hunger" to address food insecurity worldwide. An alarming rise in extreme hunger is affecting more than 258 million people, so Cross Catholic Outreach is launching this effort to combat food insecurity and provide nourishment to those suffering from acute hunger.
Cross Catholic Outreach has established partnerships with Catholic ministry organizations in at‐risk communities around the world to address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable. In the past year alone, CCO funded 23 feeding projects across 17 countries and shipped 25.9 million meals to 18 partner organizations in 10 countries, providing sustenance to thousands of families.
In the Dominican Republic, recent numbers show that 21% of Dominicans live below the national poverty line. There are 2.4 million people in the Dominican Republic who struggle with food insecurity, and 7.1% of children under age 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition. Children are dropping out of school to work for their next meal. Mothers are going hungry so their sons and daughters don’t starve. Young boys and girls are suffering from muscle weakness, fatigue and frequent illness, missing developmental milestones because there is never enough to eat.
“Cross Catholic Outreach chooses to work through local organizations because they know the area and are in the best position to provide the most efficient and impactful aid,” said Sagarino. “We are incredibly grateful to these organizations for their assistance and look forward to working to serve the people of the Dominican Republic and beyond with this campaign.”
Pursuing missions of mercy has long been a fundamental objective of the Catholic faith. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The Corporal Works of Mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.” (CCC 2447)
“Cross Catholic Outreach is working hard to make this a successful campaign because so many ministries and families are relying on our support. Our prayer is that thousands of Catholics will want to stand with us to bring the love of Jesus to these hungry children and families through the delivery of nourishing Vitafood meals,” concluded Sagarino.
To learn more about Cross Catholic Outreach’s Fight World Hunger campaign, please visit CrossCatholic.org/feeding.
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