An anonymous donation means 750 beef stroganoff meals for struggling families

A Denver caterer will deliver the meals to families in affordable housing units operated by Archdiocesan Housing.

Hung Pham, director of litergy for the Archdiocese of Denver, wears a mask before Easter mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. April 12, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Hung Pham, director of litergy for the Archdiocese of Denver, wears a mask before Easter mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. April 12, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Donna Bryson. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A Denver caterer is using an anonymous donation to provide a special meal for families struggling economically during the new coronavirus outbreak.

Footers Catering is providing 750 beef stroganoff meals (a vegetarian option will be offered) Friday for families living in affordable housing units operated by the nonprofit Archdiocesan Housing, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver said in a statement Wednesday.

April Lambatos, Footers’s owner and chief operating officer, said in the statement that the $10,000 anonymous donation was earmarked for “an in-need population stricken by food insecurity.”

Lambatos said Footers reached out to Catholic Charities, a longtime client, and decided to use the money for meals at eight Archdiocesan Housing complexes. Footers and Archdiocesan Housing also are challenging the community to match the $10,000 donation so meals can be delivered to families at other complexes in the future.

Cathy Vannerson, Archdiocesan Housing’s vice president of housing management services, said her organization was looking “forward to an evening of enjoying family time and, hopefully, not thinking what is for dinner or what bills are due.”

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