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In Segundo Barrio, a Catholic kitchen provides hope and a hot meal

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The chef James Martinez at La Tilma

The chef James Martinez runs the kitchen of La Tilma, which provides food and groceries to about 250 families every week.

Twenty years ago, Amelia Lopez Patrykus stood outside Sacred Heart Catholic Church, waiting for a free meal and groceries. The line was just blocks from the Rio Grande, separating Mexico from her new home in the United States.

Volunteers preparing bags of food for local residents at Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Volunteers preparing bags of food for local residents.

Father Daniel Mora leads Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Founded in 1893 for Spanish-speaking Catholics and staffed by the Jesuits, Sacred Heart has a long history of outreach in its community.

Sacred Heart volunteers prepare meals

Amelia Lopez Patrykus, far left, set up takeout trays as Mr. Martinez showed Sally Chacón, a Sacred Heart volunteer, how to portion rice flavored with cilantro and chicken broth.


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