Catholic Charities held a mobile food pantry in April for a very special population: former refugees.  Catholic Charities worked with Lutheran Family Services (LFS) to identify eligible participants – and assisted 200 families, totaling 894 individuals from nine different ethnicities. The families picked up the extra groceries after their English classes at Yates Community Center.  Twenty volunteers from Methodist College helped fill boxes full of culturally-appropriate food, even including perishables like fresh vegetables.  Catholic Charities provides many mobile pantries for the needy throughout the community each year, but this is the first one for this special population.  Volunteers distributed over 6,000 pounds (3 tons) of food during this event.

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