Youth help neighbors in need

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The young men and women from the Faith Formation Program at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Cumberland have been donating their time and energy to help the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry, NRIFP, in Cumberland, which provides high-quality food to families in the area.

Whether it be sorting hundreds of pounds of produce or carrying boxes of non-perishable items to the cars of the patrons, the young volunteers from the parish have been eager to help in any way they can.

Bob Chaput, NRIFP treasurer, shared that the Food Pantry receives “tremendous support from the Catholic community.”

Eric Coelho, 15, explained that volunteering at the food pantry has been a positive experience for him and his classmates, working together to help sustain their neighbors in need so they can help improve their quality of life.

“This is so important,” he said. “We have to know how to help other people to help them succeed. It makes me feel good.”