The World Meeting of Families’ Hunger and Homelessness Committee brought politicians, business leaders, religious leaders and community members together with many people who suffer food insecurity on Sept. 10 for a Community Table dinner meant to raise awareness of the needs of the poor, and to reflect Pope Francis’s concern for them. The evening gave people of various backgrounds the opportunity to learn from one another and share ideas on how to address the problems faced by those who struggle with hardship.

Food for the event was prepared by culinary students of Mercy Vocational High School in Philadelphia. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

Tiana Gaines-Turner and Nike Sutton share their stories of hunger

Tiana Gaines-Turner (left) and Nike Sutton share their stories of hunger.

Sr Mary Scullion listens as stories of hunger are shared

Sister of Mercy Mary Scullion, of the homeless advocacy and aid group Project HOME, listens as stories of hunger are shared by guests at the event. In addition to serving the poor, she consistently calls for action to help alleviate poverty and hunger.

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Anne Ayella, archdiocesan director of Catholic Relief Services, speaks to the audience during dinner.

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Sr Ann Raymond IHM (Mother of Mercy House) is served by Mercy students Rafiq Griffin 12th

Sister Ann Raymond I.H.M.,  of Mother of Mercy House, is served by Mercy Vocational student Rafiq Griffin, a senior.

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A photo exhibit from the Witnesses to Hunger campaign was on display at the event.

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Zharae Henry enjoys her pasta prepared by students from Mercy Vocational High School

Zharae Henry enjoys her pasta prepared by students from Mercy Vocational High School.

Tiana Gaines-Turner and Nike Sutton share their stories of hunger

Tiana Gaines-Turner and Nike Sutton share their stories of hunger.

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