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Editor’s NotebookEditor’s Notebook: Up on the social-safety-net high-wire

Editor’s Notebook: Up on the social-safety-net high-wire

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Yesterday brought a Zoom gathering with Father Tim Hickey of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, detailing his parish’s efforts to address the needs of those facing hardships during the preceding pandemic months.

While the church – and many like it across the region – has persevered over the initial year, Father Hickey suggested that this may just be the beginning. The assumption, he said, is that it could be two to three years before people “get caught up on what they’ve lost.”

And as a result, there is going to be a continued need for programs such as the expanded Our Lady Queen of Peace food pantry, which has seen its efforts treble in the past year.

“We’re trying to wrap our heads around what that means,” the pastor said of the potential long haul ahead.

The church’s efforts garnered a lot of PR when the pandemic first started (a partnership with celebrity chef Jose Andres helped draw some of the media buzz). But now it’s a well-oiled machine, if one that if flying under the PR radar. Was good to hear the update.

To date, the estimate is, a cumulative 30,000 people have been served (many on a weekly basis) by a volunteer corps of more than 200.

Find more about the effort in an upcoming story. We also had coverage yesterday of efforts by St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, also in Arlington, over the past year.

NOT THAT I HAVE AN ISSUE WITH FOOD, BUT … for more times than I can count, when typing in “Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church” over the years, I have inadvertently typed “Our Lady Queen of Peach.”

  • Scott McCaffrey
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