NORWALK—On a beautiful spring morning, the Brothers of Knights of Columbus Council 14360 in Norwalk hosted a Drive Through Food Drive for the St Philip Church Food Pantry. The Drive filled around 30 large bins and raised $500 in donations. This drive helped to re-stock the pantry which is serving hundreds of families weekly since the COVID-19 Pandemic began.
“We are so appreciative of everyone from St Philip parish and the Greater Norwalk community for their support in helping those most in need,” said Council 14360 member and Food Drive Chairman George Ribellino, Jr
Before the pandemic, the St Philip Food Pantry assisted 35-40 families per week and now due to loss of jobs the pantry assists hundreds of families in need. “These are very tough times, and the the St. Philip community wanted to be of help to the Greater Norwalk Community. Thanks to our Food Pantry Volunteers, we have stayed open even as many other local pantries remain closed during this pandemic. We were able to get 12,000 pounds of perishable food from Lancaster, PA for our pantry and the local pantries. But, we were finding it difficult to restock the non-perishables. Thanks to my brother Knights, we are in good shape for the next couple of weeks, “ said Father Sudhir, Pastor St. Philip Church.
The Council has hosted and assisted with many food drives since the start of the pandemic and will continue to do this indefinitely. In addition, the council has assisted with providing food for those on the frontlines, getting masks to Notre Health and Rehab Center and donating funds and supplies for our veterans at Homes for the Brave. The Knights of Columbus are called to step into the breach and leave no neighbor behind—especially in this time of crisis. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, our duty is to lead our families, protect our parishes, and serve our communities, remembering always that where there’s a need, there’s a Knight. Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson has challenged Knights to take this moment as an opportunity to deepen the commitment to the very principles which define the Order: charity, unity and fraternity.”
“In truly a difficult time, we need to come together and help struggling families put food on the table. Our council always strives to put Faith In Action and we take the Supreme Knight’s challenge to heart,” said Anthony Armentano, Grand Knight KofC Council 14360.
Father Sudhir continues to work hard to keep the food pantry stocked and ready to help the local community. If you are interested in making a monetary donation, please click here.
The goals of the Knights of Columbus Council at Saint Matthew Church in Norwalk are to perform acts of charity. Providing those in need with a range of support from financial to tactical help in dealing with a wide variety of challenges. Council members work together to foster the founding principles of our order; Charity, Unity, Fraternity & Patriotism. Our goal as a council is to continue to identify specific needs in our community and muster support and help to alleviate these challenges and hardships to the best of our abilities and resources. For more information, please go to www.saintmatthewknights.com.