Detroit Catholic: Local Charities Report Drop-off in Volunteers After Holidays, Ask Catholics to Help During Lent

Gleaners Community Food Bank reports a 15 percent drop in the number of volunteers since Christmas, while Catholic organizations such as All Saints Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and Services Center in Detroit are also urging more people to consider volunteering, especially during weekdays.

Denise Leduc, director of community engagement at Gleaners, said the needs of those in poverty don’t lessen after the holidays.

“In fact, it amps up because peoples’ (food) needs are greater as utility bills go up when the weather gets colder,” Leduc said, adding often low-income families have to choose to pay either food or utility bills.

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