Thanksgiving Project Yields 93 Meal Kits

1,328 Pounds of food donated to Durham Community Food Pantry

Service wrapped in fellowship: That's what happens when Holy Cross ministries go into action. It was particularly evident over the past few days, when the Social Action ministry wrapped up its 2021 Thanksgiving Meal Kit drive.

Packing Thanksgiving Meal Kits with donated vegetables and other fixins.On Saturday morning, November 13, Holy Cross parishioners – two teenagers, one young adult and the rest, adults of all ages – came out to help fill 93 grocery bags with Thanksgiving dinner fixns – cans of vegetables and pie filling, plus packaged ingredients for making pie crusts, cornbread, mashed potatoes, gravy – pretty much everything that’s needed for a great Thanksgiving Dinner, except the turkey. All those ingredients had been donated by parishioners during the Thanksgiving Food Drive that began in early November. Additional food was purchased with the $356 donated toward this project through Holy Cross's online giving or by donating in person 

Once the kits were all filled, Fr. Pius offered a blessing on the food and extended it to those who will be receiving the Thanksgiving meal ingredients and those who helped with this parish Social Action service project. 








On Tuesday morning, November 16, the 93 meal kits were packed into a truck plus one car by five members of the Holy Cross Men’s Society and delivered to Catholic Charities’ Durham Community Food Pantry (DCFP), where the staff put the kits on a scale and recorded the total yield for this project: 1,328 pounds of food. Each DCFP client will receive one of the meal kits plus a turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner.

Volunteers resting after loading the truck with Thanksgiving meal kits.

“We are so glad we will have kits to give each of our clients this week,” the DCFP staff posted to their Facebook page on Tuesday, after the meal kits were delivered and weighed.

“We thank Holy Cross’s many generous donors – those who brought in packaged food or donated a total of $356 to make purchases of food. Their generous support enabled us to exceed our goal of 75 Thanksgiving meal kits,” said Ava Thompson, Holy Cross Social Action coordinator who organized this project. Donated items that exceeded what was needed for the meal kits was also delivered to the Food Pantry on Tuesday, and will help stock shelves for its regular weekly food distribution.

“I also thank the team of 'packing' volunteers and the five Men’s Society members who came out to help load the truck and deliver the food to the Durham Community Food Pantry,” Thompson said. A total of 21 volunteers helped to make this Thanksgiving Dinner project a success. Thanksgiving Meal Kit Packing Volunteers


This project is one example of how Holy Cross ministry leaders create opportunities for parishioners to learn by doing, bringing to life the Seven Themes of Catholic social teaching:

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person.
  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation.
  • Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers.
  • Solidarity.
  • Care for God's Creation

You can read about the seven themes here at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website.

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