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Catholic Charities sees need continue as spring arrives


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BRAINTREE -- People often think of the needy at Christmastime or in the dead of winter facing high heating bills or the need for warm clothes, but even as the weather continues to improve, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston wants people to know that the need continues.

"Regardless of the weather, the need for food is as critical as it ever has been. Families just cannot make it on their weekly or monthly paychecks," Megan Artz, vice president for Development at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, told The Pilot during an interview, March 3.

Catholic Charities' Basic Needs program helps families supplement their incomes by providing them with certain necessities, including food, utility assistance, and clothing.

The program is partially supported through the organization's Friends Feeding Families campaign, which invites individuals to donate food or money. However, Artz noted, donating is no longer on people's minds, and the upcoming summer months are actually the worst for needy families.

"So many children, unfortunately, whose families participate and use our food pantries, they're getting the subsidized breakfast and lunches during school time, and then in summer months they aren't in school so they're not getting that service," said Artz.

She noted that "People's awareness decreases, because people aren't thinking about (donating)."

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