September marks Hunger Action month, a time to bring the hunger crisis to the forefront. The latest statistics from Feeding America indicate that in 2022, more than 34 million Americans were food insecure with 9 million children and more than 5 million senior citizens lacking access to healthy, nutritious foods. These statistics are shocking and coupled with the recent surge in newly arrived guests, the numbers seeking help will soar even higher. This year our Fill the Truck campaign is committed to increasing access to food through our mobile soup kitchen, our onsite grab and go hot meal options and of course, our state-of-the-art digital choice food pantry, all of which have been stretched beyond believe to reach the hungriest among us. Your support of this campaign ensures that no one goes to bed with an empty stomach.
In September we also take time to give thanks to the Vincentian community who celebrated their founder, St. Vincent DePaul. At St. John’s University, students, faculty, staff, and administration spent a day in service to organizations across the city to remember Vincent’s humble beginnings and desire to serve those in greatest need. At Bread and Life, we are continually grateful to the students, faculty, staff and so many others who exemplify the charism of Vincent DePaul and who commit themselves to volunteering their time and talent so that others may have positive experiences. As Queen Raina once said, “We are stronger when we listen and smarter when we share,” and together we make a difference! Thank you to all of those who volunteer each week, each month and throughout the year to make what we do so incredibly special for those we serve.
As we approach the colder months, let us be mindful of those who are struggling and who are in search of a hot meal, warm shelter, and a welcoming smile.
Sr. Caroline Tweedy, RSM