More than 200 children collect produce for needy families  


For Immediate Release

January 28, 2019


ANNANDALE, Va. – Thanks to 210 children from St. Ambrose Catholic Church religious education classes, some needy families in Northern Virginia will have fresh produce this winter. The children, ranging in age between six and 18 years old, each collected a bag filled with produce. On Sunday, February 3, they will drop the bags off at the Catholic Charities St. Lucy Food Project truck parked at the St. Ambrose parking lot. Some of the kids and their parents will follow the truck to the St. Lucy Project warehouse in Manassas.


St. Lucy Food Project is a food warehouse in Manassas serving the underprivileged in Northern Virginia. It distributes food to more than 40,000 people from more than 50 food pantries. St. Lucy Food Project obtained a commercial walk-in refrigerator and freezer five months ago, which enabled it to store produce, meat and dairy products.




When:          Sunday, February 3, 9:30 a.m.

Where:         St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 3901 Woodburn Road, Annandale


“We asked the children to collect onions, potatoes, carrots, oranges, apples and grapefruit,” says Laura Mead, Director of Religious Education at St. Ambrose Catholic Church.


“Catholic Charities St. Lucy Food Project is very excited to be partnering with the St. Ambrose religious education program for our first fresh produce drive since the installation of the new refrigeration system,” says Patricia Kuntz, parish outreach specialist with the St. Lucy Project. “We look forward to working with other parishes in the future to bring fresh produce to the food insecure.”