St. Vincent de paul volunteers will fill food baskets for the poor

Louisville, KY - LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Groups of high school students and volunteers of all ages will be at St. Vincent de Paul tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 18) morning for a new holiday outreach to people in need.

Beginning at 9:30am, a human assembly line will be set up inside SVDP's administration building, 1015-C S. Preston Street. Teams will place canned, boxed and other packaged foods inside new, round laundry baskets. In all, about 180 food baskets will be stuffed.

Filled with foods such as green beans, sweet potatoes, rice, cranberry sauce, muffin and cake mixes, etc., the baskets are designed to provide all the ingredients needed to provide traditional holiday meals for families who need a little extra help making ends meet this Christmas.

A frozen turkey or ham will accompany each order, when clients come to SVDP pick up their food baskets next week. (All recipients of the food baskets have been notified.)

The food basket outreach comes in response to the urgent need of people in our community who are struggling with financial hardships. Since 2008, St. Vincent de Paul's requests for assistance with basics such as food, shelter and clothing have remained at about 70 percent greater than before the recession began. With the continued high unemployment rate and other adverse economic conditions, the need is not expected to subside in the near future.

The holiday food basket outreach comes on the heels of two major events: At last Sunday's 14th annual Santa Shop, about 775 children (up from last year's total of 528 children) received new toys, clothing and other Christmas gifts that were donated to St. Vincent de Paul. And last Tuesday at the Cathedral of the Assumption, St. Vincent de Paul organized a community-wide Coat Giveaway in partnership with Makenzie's Coat Closet. More than 4,000 free coats were given away to the poor and homeless.

One of the city's oldest charitable organizations, St. Vincent de Paul has been serving the poor and homeless in Louisville since 1853.

THE MEDIA is invited to cover the event from 9:30 to 11:30am Saturday. Please contact Linda Romine at 502.640.1263;

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