Catholic Charities prepares to deliver 13,000 free Christmas meals


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, is gearing up to prepare and distribute 13,000 holiday meals through its annual St. Augustine Hunger Center Christmas meals campaign.

Free meals will be provided to community members at St. Augustine Hunger Center and through free home delivery throughout greater Cleveland.

“One in seven people across greater Cleveland is food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal will come from,” Fredy Robles, chief program officer of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland said in a statement. “Caring for unmet needs in our communities is a top priority at Catholic Charities, and we embrace the holidays—especially as important opportunities to touch the lives of the individuals and families we serve.”

Those who are interested in receiving free home-delivered holiday meals on Christmas, Monday, Dec. 25 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., can register by Friday, Dec. 22 at 12 p.m. via email or by calling (216)377-3725 and give your name, phone number, address, and number of meals needed.

Catholic Charities organizes hundreds of volunteers annually to assist with the special holiday meal services and the delivery of meals in the communityCatholic Charities organizes hundreds of volunteers annually to assist with the special holiday meal services and the delivery of meals in the communityCommunity members are also invited to visit the St. Augustine Hunger Center, 1400 Howard Ave., for a special holiday meal service on Monday, Dec. 25 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

In addition to serving the individuals and families who visit the St. Augustine Hunger Center, Catholic Charities will also provide hot meals for distribution through approximately 15 community partners that support individuals in need in surrounding communities.

Catholic Charities organizes hundreds of volunteers annually to assist with the special holiday meal services and the delivery of meals in the community.

People can sign up to volunteer for Christmas 2023 opportunities. Registration is open until Friday, Dec. 22.

“Food insecurity has a significant impact on a person’s well-being, and we are grateful for the gracious support of hundreds of volunteers who spend part of their Christmas day joining us in service at the St. Augustine Hunger Center,” Meghan Pitrak, director of emergency assistance services at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland said in a statement.

During the 2023 holiday season, Northeast Ohioans can also help by making a monetary gift.

Learn more about Catholic Charities’ community hot meals provided year-round at sites across Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Summit counties.