Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton staff and volunteers load and unload food for both its  Ocean Community Services in Lakewood and for delivery to seniors in Whiting. Photo courtesy of CCDOT video screenshot
Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton staff and volunteers load and unload food for both its Ocean Community Services in Lakewood and for delivery to seniors in Whiting. Photo courtesy of CCDOT video screenshot
Social distancing may be leaving streets and stores deserted during the COVID-19 pandemic, but food pantries across the Diocese still remain busy as the needs of the impoverished remain.

Marlene Laó-Collins, executive director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, joined staff and volunteers at its Ocean Community Services, Lakewood, in loading trucks of food March 20 for delivery to the senior population in Whiting who are unable to buy food for themselves during the crisis.

The staff and volunteers also unloaded items for its food pantry, which serves the community at-large.

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“We know that as the days go on, people will be needing a lot more. Children are home, families are out of work,” said Carmen Pagan, director of CCDOT’s Ocean Community Services. “Many of the families in our community … will go hungry or face a higher intensity of hunger.”

Laó-Collins stressed that Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton is operating during the COVID-19 crisis and helping those in need. “Don’t forget to pray, fast and do almsgiving” during this Lenten season, she said in a video produced live on scene.