This week, Caritas Internationalis kicked off “One Human Family,” a campaign to end hunger around the world, with a worldwide day of prayer on Tuesday, December 10th. Recently named Time’s ‘Person of the Year,’ Pope Francis pledged to pray and urged Catholics everywhere to join. CCUSA also spread the word and more than 1,000 signatories, representing every state and territory, pledged to pray on the Catholic Charities USA website. At noon, Catholic Charities USA employees joined with Catholic Relief Services, Bread for the World, the Salvation Army, among others, around the world, and bowed their heads to pray for relief for those who are without food.
Here in Washington DC, religious and non-profit leaders gathered on the Hill to join the prayer and discuss the importance of hunger relief efforts. In this meeting, they also asked policy makers to keep the hungry in mind when making decisions, especially around benefits like SNAP that directly affect families’ ability to put food on the table. We hope everyone can take a moment during this busy Christmas season to pray for the plight of the hungry. Catholic Charities USA pledges to continue our efforts to spread the word about this epidemic, and support the efforts of our local member agencies who work with the hungry every day.