Sister Maria Jesús Pinedo Aguilar, a member of the religious order Daughters of Wisdom, has been actively engaging with the immigrant Christian community of Saint Hugh of Lincoln parish in New York. She has been sharing the joy of cooking quinoa, an ancient superfood and educating the community about its remarkable nutritional benefits. The pandemic and inflationary economy have disproportionately affected working poor immigrant families on Long Island, intensifying their struggles with hunger. Fortunately, Sister Maria, with the help of generous support, has been able to extend her assistance to these families through a valuable nutritional project titled “Quinoa is Super Food.” Sister Maria’s inspiration for the project originated from her close interaction with the immigrant Christian community at the parish who faced challenges of providing nutritious meals for their families, after long and exhausting hours of work.
Vatican News reports:
The pandemic and inflationary economy have intensified the challenges faced by working poor immigrant families on Long Island, particularly in terms of hunger. In response to this issue, Sister Maria has initiated a valuable nutritional project called “Quinoa is Super Food,” aimed at assisting these families
Sister Maria Jesús Pinedo Aguilar, a Daughter of Wisdom, has been sharing the joy of cooking quinoa and the amazing nutritional benefits of this ancient superfood with the immigrant Christian community of Saint Hugh of Lincoln parish in Huntington Station, New York.
The hunger struggles of the working poor immigrant families on Long Island have been exacerbated by the pandemic and inflation economy. Thanks to generous support, Sister Maria is assisting these families with a beneficial nutritional project entitled “Quinoa is Super Food.” A rich source of protein, minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients, quinoa has been gaining popularity for its many health benefits.
Inspiration behind project
Sister Maria first conceived the project while ministering to the immigrant Christian community of the parish. They told her about their struggles to provide their families with healthy meals after coming home tired from laboring long hours at their jobs.
“In my dialogues with immigrants, I got to know their hopes, worries, and sufferings,” she writes in her project description. Sister Maria quotes the concern of one parishioner: “I come home tired after working hours; I just want to rest, sleep, but I am also hungry…. After taking a shower, I go out to buy cheap food, but I worry because it’s not nutritious enough.”
Sister Maria knew she needed to help solve this problem and help the immigrant community eat healthier meals.
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