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Immaculate Heart of Mary Puts Faith in Action

In 2018, 29.9 percent of Cincinnatians lived in poverty and nearly half of them were children. Hunger is but one of the problems these children face, but we can at least do something about it.

The IHM Social Action Coordinating Commission and IHM Youth Ministry teamed up to run a 36,000-meal packing event Saturday, Nov. 10, with Northern Kentucky Hunger Relief. NKY Hunger Relief is a Christian organization that works with Outreach Program, a national food packing supplier. Nancy and Dan Jordan partner with organizations like IHM to package dry-mix meals such as macaroni and cheese to give to local food pantries. Thus far, they have led groups to pack over 1.8 million meals for the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.

That Saturday morning, Marie Monaco, Michael Haley and Sue Keefe led 85 children, parents and other adults pack dry macaroni, soy and nutrient enriched cheese packets into plastic bags. The bags are then sealed and packed into boxes of 36 for distribution. Each bag feeds six people. Our Lady of the Mountains Parish, SEM Food Pantry, Interparish Ministry, St. Vincent de Paul and Esperanza, a new organization in Covington, each received 20. St. Vincent de Paul downtown immediately put out the bags because they had run out of macaroni and cheese.

There were eight assembly lines and all the volunteers worked for three hours to feed the poor. As music surrounded us and donuts and juice refreshed us, we all worked together as a team. The Social Action Coordinating Commission and IHM Youth Ministry would like to thank all the volunteers for their gift of time for this event. Although this does not solve the problem of poverty and hunger, this activity shows our youth there is always something you can do to help those who need it.