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May 9, 2011

Catholic Social Services Volunteer Named Finalist
for National Award

Marion Slack, the 88 year-old founder of Mary's Cupboard, was one of the top ten finalists for the Catholic Charities USA 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award. Mary's Cupboard is a food distribution ministry, which has been based at the Family Services Center of Catholic Social Services in Levittown, Bucks County, for the past 35 years.

Mr. Joseph J. Sweeney, Secretary for Catholic Human Services, responded to the news by saying:

"Marion exemplifies a true servant leader whose good example of faithful service has led many others to do likewise. She bears witness to the compassion of Jesus Christ, and we are grateful to her and her co-workers in Mary's Cupboard for their vital partnership of more than 25 years in providing help and creating hope for those in need."

Ms. Slack was chosen as a finalist for her continuous commitment to feeding the hungry. In addition to the usual canned and dry foods stocked by most food cupboards, Mary's Cupboard also distributes fresh meat, eggs and dairy products. She coordinates 61 volunteers from local parish communities as well as other Christian churches.

She is featured on the CCUSA website and will also be profiled in the June CCUSA Charities Magazine issue.

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Editors Note: Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is one of the largest private non-profit providers of social services in Southeastern Pennsylvania. For volunteering opportunities, please call 215-854-7058, or email

Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist

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