Caritas to provide food-service zones for pilgrims during WYD

Several thousand people will work to operate food-service zones for pilgrims, according to Fr. Bogdan Kordula, director of Caritas Krakow.

A traditional Polish dish, called Pierogi
A traditional Polish dish, called Pierogi

POPE2016.COM: Many people will be needed because, in addition to serving meals, it will be necessary to prepare, pack and deliver food, Kordula said. The campaign will involve not only volunteers but also other individuals cleared to have contact with food, Kordula said.

Caritas will coordinate food-service zones and mobile food outlets during World Youth Day. It will also take care of organising the sites and selecting partners, in addition to making sure all this complies with safety standards, according to Kordula.

The WYD Organising Committee will check the quality of meals, including the number of calories and packaging, Kordula said. Pilgrims coming to World Youth Day will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner vouchers. “In each food-service zone we will provide a choice of at least five to six dishes,” Kordula added.

Katarzyna Rybicka, a food-service consultant for the Krakow branch of Caritas, said the food-service zones will all look similar and will be well marked; they will be located in areas where major religious ceremonies will be held.

Pilgrims will also be able to obtain food in local restaurants and food outlets working with the WYD Organising Committee, according to Rybicka. “There will also be mobile food-service zones in the form of food trucks,” she said.

The Krakow branch of Caritas on Sunday unveiled the interior of the House of Mercy, a building under development within Campus Misericordiae where Pope Francis will meet with young people during World Youth Day in July. The building contains a suite especially designed for Pope Francis.

Kordula said the House of Mercy will have a dual purpose. It will function as a day-care centre for the elderly, but its most important objective is “social rehabilitation”, based on helping people overcome isolation and improving their physical health.

According to Kordula, Caritas will launch an international crowdfunding operation in June to raise funds to buy medical equipment for a refugee camp in Lebanon “as a gift of mercy from young people.” More information about the campaign will be announced in May, he added.