Young & Catholic performs quarterly works of mercy which include feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, prison visits, motherless babies home and orphanage visits. The Catholic Church teaches about Spiritual and Corporal works of mercy which are actions we can perform that extend God’s compassion and mercy to those in need. Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to “help our neighbor in their spiritual needs.” Corporal Works of Mercy give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. They “are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs” (USCCA). They respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through this life.
In the last 3 years, we have been more involved with motherless babies’ home/orphanage visits, prison visits and visiting the sick. So in June we decided to feed the hungry, which led us to look for a competent organisation devoted to this cause. We decided to partner with FoodClique Support Initiative, whose main goal is to eradicate hunger in our society.
After finalising the details of our partnership, we reached out on social media and to family and friends for cash donations in hopes of reaching our target of feeding about a thousand people. The idea was 1 meal = N500. The response was great, as we were able to reach about 80% of our target. Thank God, and thank you to everyone who supported this drive! ? The money was transferred to FoodClique to purchase food stuff and additional supplies.
The event took place on the 30th of June 2018, and was an unforgettable day. Young & Catholic Nigeria participated in FoodClique’s monthly Community Kitchen, which takes place in their HQ in Ebute Metta, Lagos the last Saturday of the month. We arrived there at about 1:40pm, registered as volunteers, and assumed different positions and responsibilities for the food distribution process. The various positions included; tagging the food recipients, serving the various meals to them, water distribution etc. Jollof rice, beans, semovita, and bread were among the cooked meals served.
Every guest was screened and tagged to make sure no one was fed twice, for the food to go round. There was a DJ on ground who kept our spirits high all through with his awesome playlist. Our partners and the community were pleased with our enthusiasm and cooperation, and at the end of the event, we were presented with an award of appreciation which we were not expecting.
Hunger has always been one of the major issues in developing nations, especially in Africa. We were glad to have been a part of an initiative that feeds the less privileged and we hope we can continue to support FoodClique and the fight to end hunger in Nigeria.