After witnessing tens of thousands of starving children and families, Mother Teresa, a Catholic activist and saint, decided to keep her advice simple to fight these overwhelming odds.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people,” she told followers, “then just feed one.”
Inspired by this advice, St. Catherine’s Parish in Rockland County decided to make feeding the hungry their Lenten Challenge. Mobilized by the New York Archdiocesan Feeding Our Neighbors campaign to shore up food pantries’ dwindling supplies, the parish asked children that attend the church to donate shopping bags filled with food from February 13 through March 30 during Lent.
Students broke into teams that competed to bring in the most food donations. All told, the students brought in nearly two tons– 3,799 pounds – of food.
They donated this bounty to the food pantry run by Rockland Catholic Community Services.
“I was thrilled when I saw the amount of food the youth were able to collect,” said Catholic Community Services of Rockland Executive Director Martha Robles. “I told them – and I’m sure – that ‘Mother Teresa is so proud of you.’”