Support a Food Kitchen for Refugees and the Poor in Lebanon
St. John the Merciful was known for his generosity with the poor and suffering. Wherever there was need, he used every available resource. And as patriarch of Alexandria, he fed some 7,900 poor people daily. He has been honored with sainthood by Catholic and Orthodox Christians, and a successful food kitchen named for him in Lebanon.
The St. John the Merciful Food Kitchen is run by the Melkite Catholic Church in the town of Zahleh, close to the Lebanon-Syria border. The center opened in December of 2015 and welcomes anyone who cannot afford a meal, which includes many Syrian refugees and a growing number of Lebanese people.
Every day, hot meals are served to about 1,000 people, 800 of whom come to eat at the center. The rest receive their food remotely due to age, illness, or disability.
The idea is to provide nourishment for the body and soul. The project represents a larger effort to prevent Christian emigration from the region, since otherwise people will likely move to feed themselves and their families.
ACN is once again supporting this project with a contribution of $986,000. Will you join us in feeding refugees and the poor in Lebanon?
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