Amarillo, TX - March and April are the most important donation months for the Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle.
The organization is competing in the Feinstein Challenge, which gives away one million dollars to nonprofit hunger fighting agencies nationwide.
The Feinstein Foundation will match a portion of all the cash and food donations given to the Catholic Charities' Interfaith Hunger Project during March and April. "The Feinstein Challenge helps us raise funds for the Interfaith Hunger Project, which is primarily our grocery story," said Judy Neill with Catholic Charities. "So one of the things that we do every spring as part of this is our Salt and Pepper Luncheon, which will be March 17 this year at Saint Mary's."
Last year, Catholic Charities raised $20,000 during the challenge and received $300 from the Feinstein Foundation. "Now, it's not a dollar for dollar match," explained Neill.
"It's simply based on a formula of how much we raise compared to all the other agencies that are involved in the program." Although it's not a huge money maker, Neill said the challenge is an incentive for people to give and that every donation makes a difference. "Someday we would like a larger facility and be able to help more people," said Neill. "The grocery store is fairly small, but for those five hundred people it is critical that they receive the food through this program."
There are about 1,800 organizations competing in the Feinstein Challenge across the nation, but Catholic Charities is the only organization in our area.
Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10