National Philoptochos Society Feeding The Hungry

Inspired by the National Philoptochos Society, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring the outstanding charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach of this organization to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox Christian faith and traditions.  Please join us in raising awareness for their countless acts of kindness, and we invite you to learn more about the National Philoptochos Society.

We invite you to learn more about and support the National Philoptochos philoptochos_seal_newSociety’s Feeding the Hungry Program. National Philoptochos President Maria Logus’ goal is “doing – more hands on philanthropy, engaging all members of our community in our work.” She has challenged all Chapters across the United States to provide a total of 250,000 meals in the months leading up to the July 2016 National Convention.

This program has been supported for years from the Chapter level but is new to the national level. The program is broken into three phases:

Phase I: Reach out to Chapters who have an established program, each Metropolis has chosen a liaison to report on the current programs.

Phase II: Share the information of “good works” to assist other Chapters to start new programs, improve and broaden established programs.

Phase III: Reach or surpass the goal of providing 250,000 meals!

To find your liaison or to learn more about Feeding the Hungry from the National Philoptochos Society web site, click here. 

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The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with 26,000 members nationwide.  Philoptochos responds immediately to needs and crises and its philanthropic outreach extends to each area of the country and throughout the world. In 2014, National Philoptochos distributed $1.475 million in philanthropic aid.

Since its establishment in 1989, the Children’s Medical Fund has sought to provide medical assistance to critically ill Greek, Greek American and Orthodox children, whose families are unable to afford appropriate and necessary medical treatment. The Fund also provides grants for innovative research programs to pediatric hospitals throughout the United States and to organizations with special programs that care for children with critical and life threatening illnesses.


The National Philoptochos Society mission is to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions.”.  The organization is led by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Spiritual Advisor, Maria Logus, President, Arlene Siavelis Kehl, First Vice President, Evangeline Mekras Scurtis, Second Vice President, Jeannie Ranglas, Third Vice President, Christine Karavites, Secretary, Martha Stefanidakis, Treasurer, Georgia Vlitas, Assistant Treasurer and Aphrodite Skeadas, Advisor.  The organization’s Director is Helen Lavorata.

  • The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that has offered eighty years of philanthropy through a multitude of programs that make a difference in the lives of people in the United States and throughout the world.  The Society was established in November 1931, by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, who was then serving as Archbishop of North and South America.
  • Philoptochos fulfills its mission to “help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, those with disabilities and the victims of disasters through its National and Metropolis Boards and its 26,000 members and more than 400 active chapters, nationwide.
  • His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America called Philoptochos, “an army of nobility and the jewel of our Church.”

To learn more about the National Philoptochos Society, visit  For more information regarding this material and the National Philoptochos Society, please contact Rania Richardson, Communications Manager at

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