Rev. John Gerstenmier
Chair of the ‘Hunger Action Work Group’
The Presbytery of Charlotte’s Hunger Action Work Group uses as its guide the Common Affirmation on Global Hunger of the Presbyterian Church (USA) which outlines five ways the Presbyterian Hunger Program follows to help reduce hunger and relieve suffering:
Direct Food Relief to people suffering from chronic or acute hunger in the United States and around the world. Grants are allocated to such things as shelters, pantries and missions.
Development Assistance which includes teaching poor people better agriculture and nutrition techniques, public health, family planning, community organizing and economic development.
Public Policy which advocates, through peaceful means, political or economic policy changes to provide more food in the United States and other nations, empower self-development or promote freedom from oppressive and unjust systems that fail to meet basic needs.
Lifestyle Integrity through which the Church teaches awareness of the Earth’s limited resources and promotes personal living and corporate practice that move the world toward the sustainable use of resources.
Education and Interpretation, which involves teaching the public about the root causes of hunger and motivates people to act and to educate others.
The 10¢-A-Meal Program has seen increased need for Food Security Ministries and Missions” throughout the region served by the Presbytery of Charlotte. Applicant needs far surpass the resources available, with resulting support in recent years only able to provide approximately half the validated needs requested. Recognizing the area of Food Security and Nutrition as our primary outreach focus, the 2017 10¢-A-Meal grant cycle will only consider awarding grants to provide partial assistance for consumable food items only.
A BIG THANK YOU!!!
2016 Grant Cycle for the Ten Cents-A-Meal Offering!
Through your generous offerings, we partnered with a total of 34 recipient organizations in fighting hunger by feeding our neighbors in need during 2016!
The grant application period for our 2017 grant cycle is now closed. The new gifts and offerings to provide for our 2017 recipient organizations have already begun with an offering of $ 364.77 received at the February 11th Meeting of Presbytery!
The Hunger Action Work Group has been working diligently to increase both 1) the number of sister-churches that raise funds to feed the hungry and 2) the number of validated ministries and agencies that will be receiving assistance in our grant portfolio for 2017. If your church is not already participating in this wonderful response to our Lord’s instruction to “Feed My Sheep”, then please speak with your pastor and Session about becoming a part of this marvelous expression of love for our neighbors.
Ten Cents-A-Meal – Your local mission outreach
to feed the hungry in our midst !
Read the Guidelines for the Hunger Action Work Group
WE CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE when ALL participate.
Using the same passage Two and Five Cents-a-Meal has used since 1982…
“Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of my brothers, you have done it unto me.” – Matthew 25:40