The West Virginia Knights of Columbus spent their extra day in 2020 by fighting world hunger. On Saturday morning, approximately 340 volunteers participated in the Leap Hunger 2020 food packing event. In a partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach, the 504 Carroll Council along with friends, family, youth groups and 12 other Knights Councils from across the state packed 80,000 meals for poor children and families around the world.

Nearly 1/3 of the volunteers (over 100) were students representing youth groups from St. Michaels, St. Vincent de Paul, Corpus Christi, Our Lady of Peace and Troop 5 Boy Scouts.

8,000 of the meals will be distributed by 12 Knights of Columbus Councils throughout the State of West Virginia and 8,000 meals were donated to Catholic Charities of Wheeling. Nearly 64,000 meals will be distributed by Cross Catholic Outreach to Central and South America Catholic Missions. These meals were made possible by the generosity and support of 160 sponsors.

The incredible service of the 504 Council enables Cross Catholic Outreach to provide its ministry partners overseas with shipments of Vitafood. These nutrient-rich meals will feed children and families in poverty-stricken countries such as Guatemala, Haiti and Nicaragua for as little as 25 cents a meal.

Jerry McGlumphy, chairman of the K of C Leap Hunger initiative, extends a sincere thank you to everyone who selflessly served at the Leap Hunger 2020 food packing event, all who helped the West Virginia Knights of Columbus 504 by making a financial contribution to their noble cause.