UPDATE (4/02/2020): Due to the increased restrictions, we have decided to cancel the food packing event. Funds donated via the CRS website will go to support families in Burkina Faso. Donations through Our Lady of Hope will be donated to the Leesburg food pantry, run by Catholic Charities to support the increased demand during this time. Thank you so much to everyone who donated so generously!
UPDATE: Due to concerns around COVID-19, the meal-packing event has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 16.
Our Lady of Hope will be hosting a Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Helping Hands Meal Packing event on Saturday, May 16, in coordination with CRS and Rise Against Hunger.
In 2019, we were able to exceed our goal of 15,000 meals, so this year we’re raising the bar:
Our 2020 goal is to feed 100,000 people by packing at least 20,000 nutritious meal packs!
Each meal pack feeds 4-6 people and will be shipped to the vulnerable people of Burkina Faso, a poor country in West Africa where 1 out of 5 people experience food insecurity. It is projected that an estimated 2 million Burkinabae will experience food insecurity by June 2020 due to war and Islamic extremism.
We can’t meet our goal without the help of parishioners like you! By uniting your Lenten prayer and fasting to our parish mission, you’ll help provide nutritious meal packs to be distributed through Catholic Relief Services. Perhaps you may consider donating the funds you save from giving up your morning coffee, dining in more often, or canceling your streaming services for Lent.
We hope we can count on your help to make this event a successful one. Encourage your family and friends to donate and register to volunteer at the packing event through the Helping Hands CRS website. All those ages 10 and up are welcome.
Spaces are limited and registration will not be available on the day of the event.
Thank you in advance for your sponsorship! May God bless you for your generosity and concern for our poor brothers and sisters in Burkina Faso. Please feel free to contact Lisa Orosa with any questions and concerns.