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Eastern Shore Catholics can lobby legislators on Feb. 17

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A week before the end of January, Alex Handy was amazed by the amount of food assistance the Ss. Peter and Paul St. Vincent de Paul chapter provided.

“We’ve given out almost 900 bags of groceries this month,” said Handy, who is on the executive team of the Easton, Md., society. “We’ve never given out that many bags in one month. This past year we gave out about 800 bags a month.”

Part of the increase can be attributed to the extreme cold temperatures of this winter, but Handy and others believe the increase had begun well before the Arctic Vortex bedeviled the United States. They view the cause as a variety of factors, such as a lack of jobs (especially in manufacturing) on the Eastern Shore and cutbacks in government assistance programs.

The poor will be on the minds of participants in the 30th annual Lobby Night sponsored by the Maryland Catholic Conference on Presidents Day, Feb. 17. The gathering informs Catholics about a variety of legislative issues of concern to the church and allows Catholics an opportunity to lobby their elected officials in the General Assembly in Annapolis. Read more »

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