Archbishop Cupich, church volunteers hand out Thanksgiving meals to families in need

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CHICAGO -- Wednesday saw a quick prayer and meeting with volunteers inside St. Columbanus church on the city’s South Side, and a very busy morning of giving began.

Archbishop Blasé Cupich joined dozens of volunteers from churches across Chicagoland, handing out Thanksgiving meals to families in need in the Park Manor and Grand Crossing neighborhoods.

Festive music played as turkeys were passed out, with all the trimmings. Tables and boxes were full of salads, potatoes, rolls and green beans -- traditional fare to fill empty bellies.

Each week the food pantry at St. Columbanus serves 500 families in the area. During the holidays those needs can be even greater…

As residents across Chicago continued to voice anger and distrust over recent police developments, Cupich sent a message heading into a long holiday weekend.

“I just want to take this opportunity to wish everyone in Chicagoland a happy and blessed Thanksgiving, and let’s work for safety justice and peace in our society,” Cupich said.