Food assistance has become more urgent than ever during the COVID pandemic.

In October 2020, Archdiocese of Philadelphia volunteers helped to distribute more than 1,110 packages of fresh, locally grown food as part of the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Boxes program.

(Read a related article on the Oct. 17 distribution of the Farmers to Families Food Boxes.)

Archdiocesan Nutritional Development Services, a longtime USDA partner, coordinated the effort, with archdiocesan staff, clergy and religious rolling up their sleeves to help load the boxes into clients’ cars and carts.

Blessed by Father Dennis Gill, director of the archdiocesan Office for Divine Worship, the food boxes serve as a sign of God’s provident goodness, even — and especially — amid difficult times.