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Cardinal Tagle’s Ash Wednesday appeal: Feed the hungry children

Pastoral Letter for Ash Wednesday

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle asks the faithful to feed the hungry children as their concrete act of charity in this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, in his Pastoral Letter for Ash Wednesday, February 10.

He proposes this act to be done in particular through, Fast2Feed, the Hapag-Asa Feeding program of Pondo ng Pinoy of the Archdiocese of Manila and its suffragan dioceses, which provides not only supplemental feeding but also early childhood education and livelihood and skills training for parents.

The Cardinal reports that last year, donations  provided more than 21,000  malnourished and undernourished children in the Pondo ng Pinoy member dioceses with warm and nutritious meals every day for six months. The program’s goal for this year is to feed 25,000 children.

The Fast2Feed program asks people to fast and donate the money that would otherwise be spent for food to Hapag-Asa. Donations can be made through Fast2Feed envelopes distributed in parishes, and the envelopes may be offered during the Mass, or turned over to the parish office, or donors may deposit their donations in designation banks.

Ash Wednesday signals the start of Lent, the season for Catholic Christians especially to do good works, fast and pray. And with the Jubilee of Mercy being observed by the Universal Church, Lent should be a particular occasion to “heed Pope Francis’ call to practice mercy through concrete acts of charity.”

“It only takes Php1,200 or ten pesos a day to bring back a hungry and malnourished child to a healthy state in six months. Let us make a difference in their lives by fasting and donating whatever we save to Hapag-Asa. Let us FAST2FEED,” the Cardinal said.