Food insecurity is an ongoing battle for many Philadelphians, especially for many living in the Kensington and Allegheny section of the city.  Hunger-stricken working-poor citizens struggle to make ends meet. Homeless men and women battle to find their next meal. With over 22% of Philadelphians battling food insecurity citywide, fulfilling our mission to provide food to those in need continues to be essential.  We can only do so with the help of our partners throughout the five counties, including Mother of Mercy House.
Mother of Mercy House (MOMH) is a devoted partner in fighting hunger. While they may have a small physical footprint, MOMH has a mighty and significant impact on their Kensington & Allegheny community. MOMH serves a very diverse population of all ages and walks of life.  With their unconventional ministry on the streets, Father Murphy and Sister Mary Ellen have built a wonderful relationship with their clients, offering worship, and support groups alongside food distribution.
Just this year we had the opportunity to purchase a new refrigerator for MOMH, providing fresh, healthy options for their clients to choose from.  Sister Mary Ellen shared, that “prior to receiving the refrigerator, we had to forgo accepting these very needed food staples for our  families. Our NDS driver, Don, can usually find some treat to surprise our Thursday food line guests—last week it was fresh strawberries that kept well overnight in our refrigerator!”
MOMH is one of many food cupboards that we partner with throughout Philly and the surrounding counties where clients rely on weekly food distributions to put a wholesome meal on the table. It is collaborations like these that make our mission possible.
According to Father Murphy, “Every Thursday we are able to distribute 85 […]