St. Teresa of Kolkata Catholic Church has been selected by a community board to administer a $25,000 American Cancer Society grant to start a mobile food pantry.
The board consisted of a variety of local organizations, including the Union County Health Department.
“[St. Teresa of Kolkata] was chosen to help in the administration of this grant by the board because they are a trusted community partner,” said Beth Sexton, a health educator with the Union County Health Department. “Father Neil (Pezzulo) is a beloved leader in the community.”
Sexton said the mobile food pantry will get fresh foods to underserved populations throughout Union County, specifically focusing on areas where there are no other food pantries. Target populations include the elderly, children, those below the poverty line and minorities.
“Father Neil shared that these goals were in line with his mission,” Sexton said. “As a board, we believe that Father Neil already has a wonderful connection with many of these groups. We are hopeful that this will be a wonderful partnership that serves many of the hungry in Union County.”