Katie Walker
December 13, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va. December 13, 2011 Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington (CCDA) has received a major gift from the Wal-Mart Foundation to expand hunger relief effort in the rural parts of the diocese.

CCDA used the gift to: purchase a commercial refrigerator for their new food pantry Loaves and Fishes in Front Royal, Virginia; hire a Regional Emergency Assistance Coordinator to increase and enhance Catholic Charities services in the rural counties; and to purchase a delivery truck that will enable deliveries to some of the most food strapped areas of the diocese.

The $760,000 gift from the Wal-Mart Foundation will be divided among 12 diocesan Catholic Charities recipients around the country.

“This gift could not come at a better time for our agency,” said Art Bennett, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. “With hunger and food insecurity on the rise, we are ramping up our food efforts, but the demand is increasing. We are so grateful for this opportunity to strengthen and expand our reach and help those in our diocese who need it most.”

Founded in 1947, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington is a non-profit social service agency that serves twenty-one counties and seven independent cities in Virginia. Catholic Charities helps those in need regardless of their race or creed. For more information or press inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 703.841.3833.