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Donate and Distribute Food

Almost a quarter of a million people in the Diocese of Arlington are “food insecure,” meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming from. Help our St. Lucy Food Project collect and distribute food where it is most needed in the Diocese.

We need your help providing food during COVID-19 

    During the coronavirus pandemic, the need for food is greater than ever, as people throughout the 21 counties of the diocese struggle with the economic fallout that has resulted from COVID-19.  Almost a quarter of a million people in the Diocese of Arlington are “food insecure” with 1 in 4 being children.  Catholic Charities' St. Lucy Food Project is our way of addressing the problem of hunger – or "food insecurity'' – within our Diocese.

    Here’s how you and your parish can help to feed families in need.

    • Purchase food on our Amazon wishlist, You won’t have to leave the house to help stock our shelves.
    • Donate food in the safe bins located at our Manassas warehouse or at one of our three food pantries.  
    • Make an online  financial donation and designating the St. Lucy Food Project.
    • Mail a check to CCDA, Program Director, 8426-28 Kao Circle, Manassas, VA 20110 (with St. Lucy Food Project in the memo.)
    • Ask your parish to host a no contact drive-thru food drive where donors can drop off non-perishable food for the St. Lucy Food Project while practicing social distancing and without getting out of the car.

    Upcoming Events:

    • Month of April and May
      • Fort Belvoir Chapel, Food Collection
        • April 14 and May 5
          • Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Winchester, Food Distribution
        • April 16
          • St. Luke, McLean, No Contact Drive-Thru Food Drive
        • April 17 and 18 / May 15 and 16
          • Good Shepherd, Arlington, Monthly Food Collection
        • April 17 and 18
          • St. Anthony of Padua, Falls Church, Food Drive
        • April 17 and 18 / May 15 and 16
          • St. Clare of Assisi, Clifton, Monthly Food Collection
        • April 17 and 18
          • St. John the Baptist, Front Royal, No-Contact Food Drive
        • April 18
          • Ghana Catholic Community, Alexandria, Food Drive
        • April 24 and 25 / May 29 and 30
          • St. Theresa, Ashburn, Monthly Food Collection
        • April 24 and 25
          • St. Rita, Alexandria, Food Drive
        • April 24 and 25 / May 29 and 30
          • Our Lady of Lourdes, Arlington, Monthly Food Collection
        • May 1 and 2
          • St. Andrew the Apostle, Clifton, Apple Drive
        • May 1 and 2
          • Our Lady of Hope, Sterling, Monthly Food Collection
        • May 8 and 9
          • Basilica of St. Mary, Alexandria, Food Drive
        • May 8 and 9
          • St. Francis de Sales, Purcellville, Monthly Food Collection
        • May 15
          • St. James, Falls Church, No Contact Drive-Thru Food Drive
        • May 22
          • St. Joseph, Herndon, No Contact Drive-Thru Food Drive
        For more information or to schedule a drive, contact the outreach specialist at 703-479-2975, EXT 103;    Lori.Sikra@ccda.net

         

        How We Serve the Hungry 

        Our St. Lucy Food Project supplies and operates three Catholic Charities pantries that feed the hungry within their communities:

        Food can be dropped off at each pantry. For large donations please call or email ahead. 

        Christ House in AlexandriaWeekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

        Loudoun Regional Office - Monday thru Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

        Loaves and Fishes in Front RoyalWeekdays from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

        It also supplies food to 69 other parish, interfaith, community and government pantries within the Diocese, delivering nonperishable food, produce and meat.

        For more information or to schedule a drive, contact the outreach specialist at 703-479-2975, EXT 103;    Lori.Sikra@ccda.net

        Download the Food Drive Kit to conduct a drive at your parish, school, or place of business.

        If you’d like to volunteer as a driver or help at our warehouse or 3 pantry locations below, please call (703) 479-2975 ext. 100, email  debra.beard@ccda.net, or click on “volunteer” button at the top of the page. Thank you for your support!