Seven months into the COVID-19 global health crisis, Catholic Charities of Boston continues to see the lasting economic impacts of the pandemic on a daily basis. Just since March, our five food pantries have distributed over 1.5 million lbs. of food to our community members in need, often serving hundreds of people in a single day. Our Basic Needs department has seen a signifant increase in people looking for living assistance with rent, mortgage, heat and utility payments. Typically, we serve about 13,000 people annually with holiday food and gift assistance.
At Catholic Charities of Boston, we’re fortunate to have many supporters, including dedicated and compassionate volunteers, donors and community partners who join us in our work delivering services to approximately 175,000 of our neighbors in need annually. We all share the same mission, to build a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people.
Over the summer, a local 11-year-old named Eddie organized his own canned food drive to benefit Catholic Charities of Boston. He is involved in a local after-school and summer program, and this summer his teachers assigned a project—a community investment program—to give students the opportunity to develop and execute a community service project of their choosing. Eddie was encouraged to look into the community, identify a problem and create a plan to do his part in making a positive change.