Friday, June 26, 2020

Amber Roseboom
Director of Media Relations
Catholic Diocese of Arlington

MEDIA ADVISORY: Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in South Arlington Works With World Central Kitchen to Feed the Hungry 

World Central Kitchen Provides 3,500 Meals to Support Parish's Ongoing Efforts to Meet an Increased Demand for Food Assistance During the Pandemic 

ARLINGTON, Va. - On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Our Lady Queen of Peace (OLQP) in south Arlington is working with José Andrés' World Central Kitchen (WCK) to feed families in need of food assistance. World Central Kitchen is providing 3,500 meals to OLQP for distribution to the community. Meals will be offered to take home in conjunction with pre-packed food the OLQP food pantry distributes every Wednesday morning. This is the second time WCK will be providing meals to OLQP during the pandemic.

“Our Lady Queen of Peace is a long-standing provider of food assistance throughout our local community, and we are thankful for the opportunity to work with Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen to meet the increased need we are seeing during these uncertain times,” said Father Tim Hickey, CSSp, pastor, Our Lady Queen of Peace. “The incredible work of World Central Kitchen and our wonderful volunteers here at OLQP offer hope to families unsure where their next meal may come from. Our commitment to the community is that we are in this for the long haul and will continue to do our best to help these families put food on their kitchen tables.”


Our Lady Queen of Peace and José Andrés' World Central Kitchen Meal Distribution 


Wednesday, July 1, 2020
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.


Our Lady Queen of Peace
2700 19th Street S.
Arlington, VA 22204

In addition to special efforts such as those done in partnership with WCK, Our Lady Queen of Peace provides food assistance through the parish's food pantry every Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. Since the onset of the coronavirus, the pantry has gone from serving about 235 families to between 550-675 families weekly.

Individuals can donate food to OLQP at bins outside of the parish's Fr. Ray Hall Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday from 4-6 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monetary donations to the food pantry can be made at or here.

For additional information, contact Amber Roseboom, Director of Media Relations, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, at 571-215-8731 or

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The Catholic Diocese of Arlington was established on August 13, 1974, and is home to 71 parishes and more than 460,000 Catholics. There are currently 276 priests serving in the Diocese and 45 seminarians discerning a priestly vocation. The Diocese has 37 parish (K-8) schools, four diocesan high schools, four independent Catholic schools and five free-standing (not connected with a parish school) pre-schools, serving more than 17,000 students. 

The Diocese includes the seven cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester and the 21 counties of Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Lancaster, Loudoun, Madison, Northumberland, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Richmond, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren and Westmoreland.