We feed the body . . . by giving food and providing sustainability tools.
We feed the mind . . . by supporting education.
We feed the spirit . . . by growing faith communities through mission trips.
One GRATEFUL Human Family, Moved by the Spirit
This year marks our 19th annual year for the Monsignor McSweeney World Hunger Drive to help the poorest of the poor. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80% of the population living on less than $2.00 per day. Political instability, food shortages, unemployment, tropical storms and hurricanes have kept most Haitians locked in a cycle of poverty for generations.
The material and spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters in Cap Haitien, Haiti, and the students at St. Marc Tremesse School are at crisis levels. COVID-19, an economy already in free fall, droughts and intense tropical storms, gang violence and chronic instability are not only raising levels of hunger in Haiti but leading to increased levels of severe child malnutrition. Last year, 5 out of 8 children suffered from chronic malnutrition, and it is estimated that more than 4.4 million Haitians, or 40 percent of the population, will need food assistance this year as a result of the reduced purchasing power Haitians suffered last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, tropical storm Laura and a sociopolitical crisis.
In spite of the many challenges faced by all of us this past year due to the COVID pandemic, we were able to adapt, plan and execute an entirely different Monsignor McSweeney World Hunger Drive campaign “virtually”. With the grace of God, and through the overwhelming generosity of our parish family and community we were able to exceed our goal of $200,000 by raising $270,000.
The cash donations enabled us to ship over 250,000 pounds of food to Haiti.
We were also able to provide $50,000 in emergency relief to the Missionaries of the Poor, to buy food because of critical food shortages caused by the pandemic.
Additionally, we gave $30,000 to St. Marc School in Haiti, to support over 60 students with education, health & food. True to the mission of the World Hunger Drive, we sent $3,000 to Venezuela to help support a parish food program for children, and $20,000 to India to provide food and education at a Boys’ Hostel in Father Davis’ home diocese.
In addition, St. Matthew Catholic Church donated $250,000 locally in 2020. The funds were shared by 5 charities in the greater Charlotte area who serve the homeless, hungry and those in need.
The 2021 World Hunger Drive
We are asking our parishioners and friends in the community for your continued generous support. Our family in Haiti, India, Venezuela and locally are counting on us more than ever. Here is how you can provide support the drive and what we hope to accomplish this year to help our family:
- Provide at least 320,000 lbs. of food and critical supplies to the Missionaries of the Poor for distribution in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, while also funding sustainability projects.
- Continue to fund education at St. Marc school while expanding the secondary school and start a trade school.
- Continue to support our efforts in India and Venezuela.
- Provide support to our local homeless.
PARTICIPATE IN OUR VIRTUAL FUND-RAISING EVENT . . .
Our 4-week virtual fund-raising event which will kick off the weekend of July 10th & 11th and run through the weekend of 7/31 & 8/01. Your monetary donations will be used for the bulk purchase of critically needed food and services.
PARTICIPATE IN THE MEAL PACKING EVENT
Saturday, September 11th, 2021 in the St Matthew School Gym
Our in-person Meal Packing Event will be held on Saturday, September 11th, 2021. Our goal is to pack over 300,000 meals and it takes more than a village of volunteers. Please consider signing up. In addition to packing meals, many other volunteer opportunities are available to support this important event. Our meal packing events are a great way for individuals and families of all ages to work together, have fun, and fulfill our mission of serving our brothers and sisters in need, locally and in the world. To volunteer to pack meals, or for one of the many jobs needed to support the event, click on one of the following links:
To volunteer to pack meals click here.
To volunteer for a supporting job at the meal packing event, click here.
PARTICIPATE IN THE ST. MATT’S GOT TALENT! CONTEST . . .
This year, our youth will have the opportunity to help fundraise for the 2021 World Hunger Drive. We invite youth of all ages (including the young at heart) to send us a short video submission of your TALENT – elaborate trick shot, magic trick, card trick, back flip, belly flop, hand jive, dance move, pet trick or any other cool doodad you can do. Grab a friend, sibling, parent, pet, or do it on your own.
Help our youth raise $5,000 to help fund a science lab for our student family at St. Marc’s School. Click here to enter, vote for your favorite video and make a monetary donation.
In the words of Mother Teresa – “Do you want to do something beautiful for God? There is a person who needs you. This is your chance.” Thank you for your gift of love to help the poorest of the poor.
We are all truly one family, connected in Christ and moved by the Spirit. For additional information and regular updates, please continue to check back here. To volunteer in the planning of the World Hunger Drive, contact Steve Favory, 704-231-6309, or Debbie Kane, 704-578-8253.