Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle Hosting 19th annual Salt and Pepper Luncheon

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St. Mary’s Cathedral hosted the 19th annual Salt and Pepper Luncheon today. The annual luncheon is sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle and benefits the agency’s Catholic Charities Hunger Project, according to CCTXP Executive Director Jeff Gulde.

State Representative Four Price was the featured speaker.

“The roots of the Salt and Pepper Luncheon go back nearly twenty-one years,” stated Gulde. Continuing, he shared, “A Catholic Charities Hunger Project volunteer driver was delivering food to a homebound elderly widow and discovered she was having salt and pepper soup for lunch. With empty cupboards and an empty refrigerator, this resourceful woman boiled water, added salt and pepper and made salt and pepper soup. This harsh reality served as a call to action to work harder in increasing our capacity to serve and the first Salt and Pepper luncheon was planned.” The Catholic Charities Hunger Project is now in its 31st year, located at 2801 Duniven Circle. Over 800 people are enrolled in this program; around 60 are homebound individuals to whom boxes of food are delivered by volunteer drivers, and we are currently seeing a steady increase in those seeking aid, according to Gulde.

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