NDS’ Anne Healy Ayella Receives Hunger Fighter Award

Anne Healy Ayella, Director for Community Relations for Nutritional Development Services, received the Hunger Fighter Award at the annual Coaltion Against Hunger breakfast on Friday, November 6th.   The award was in recognition of Anne’s life-long commitment to alleviating hunger in the community.

By |November 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Welcome Back to a new school year!

By |September 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pope Francis cut-out to be used for food drive photos!

The Community Food Program is asking all our schools, religious education programs, PREP programs, and community groups to take a picture with their food drive items with the Pope Francis cut-out!

Please send photos to Denise Hopkins at

By |August 31st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Saying Good-bye to St. Francis de Sales Food Cupboard…

NDS Community Food Program says good-bye to two of our dearest friends this summer. Sister Marita Jean and Sister Rita Martin are ending their time at the St Francis de Sales Parish Food Cupboard in Southwest Philadelphia. The cupboard closed its doors on July 31st. The sisters first started out at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish and then moved to a storefront on Chester Avenue that was supported by St. Francis de Sales Parish and Father John Hand. The sisters will be missed by all of us who have come to know and love them, especially all their friends on Chester Avenue. A special thanks to Tom and Unc who have helped support the food cupboard for many years as volunteers. We wish Sister Marita Jean many years of good health as she retires to Camilla Hall and to Sister Rita as she begins her new ministry at St. Gabriel Parish Food Cupboard in South Philadelphia. Thank you Sisters for your friendship and hard work! You will be missed!

By |October 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our Lady of Confidence Day School

Students from Our Lady of Confidence Day School and teacher, Denise Cmar, were presented with a special Certificate of Appreciation by NDS Community Food Program Administrator, Denise Hopkins.  The students participated in several food drives this year!  We are grateful to all our schools and religious education programs that support us throughout the year.

By |May 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Queen of Angels Kindergarten, Willow Grove

The Community Food Program received a generous donation from Queen of Angels Kindergartner, Madeline White. Madeline celebrated her 6th Birthday with a party in February. Madeline and her parents invited guests to make donations to the Community Food Program instead of presents for Madeline. We are grateful for the gift of Madeline’s generosity and will use her donation of $650 to feed many hungry people throughout the Archdiocese.


By |February 25th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Homily of Pope Francis

Since NDS takes its inspiration from the Gospel story of the Loaves and Fishes, we are sharing these beautiful words from Pope Francis’ homily on the Feast of Corpus Christi which reminds all of us that we are called to share our gifts with those in need and the Lord will bless and multiply our efforts. […]

By |June 13th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments