Suffolk Chapter Newsletter
National Activities of the Knights of Columbus
K of C Supports Food Banks with Funds and Volunteers
Phase one kicks off with more than a million dollars and a multitude of volunteers from coast to coast to help deliver food to those who need it
With food banks facing increasing demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Knights of Columbus is launching a multi-million-dollar food drive and delivery operation mobilizing its more than 1.25 million members in North America to cover over 25 cities in 16 U.S. states and the District of Columbia as well as four Canadian provinces.
The Knights will provide funding to food banks in New York, Connecticut, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Newark, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.
The organization is also asking its vast membership to further increase partnership with food banks by volunteering at food banks and helping deliver food to those in need as needed.
This monetary commitment is part of the first phase of the Knights’ efforts. Additional support in response to the COVID pandemic is planned and the Knights are asking their members and the public to support their efforts by donating at www.kofc.org.
The support for food banks is part of the “Leave No Neighbor Behind” initiative in which Knights are encouraged to assist their neighbors, including those in the community and parish, their fellow Knights of Columbus, etc. Knights are also being encouraged to make blood donations, especially in response to current shortages.
In addition, the organization is also providing spiritual resources to its members and has established a program to equip dioceses with short-term financing to assist with the continuation of spiritual and charitable ministries, employment of staff, etc., as many dioceses and their parishes have suffered from the economic effects of the pandemic.