• 5/30 PEVA Office Closed
  • 6/2 Congregational Vitality Team 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • 6/4 CPJ - Hunger 10:00 a.m. via Zoom
  • 6/7 Commission on Ministry 4:00 p.m. TBD
  • 6/13 PEVA Council 1:00 TBD
  • 6/15 PEVA Trustees 1:00 TBD
  • 6/18 - 7/9 225th General Assembly




We are called by God in Christ to bring good news and to proclaim release to those held captive by human structures and injustices. Discipleship means evaluating our lifestyle choices and adopting changes that reflect our faith and give witness to our commitments to mission and justice.
The HUNGER MINISTRY TEAM of PEVA, believing that hunger is unacceptable, leads and challenges the churches of PEVA and its entities in Christ’s name to alleviate chronic hunger and its immediate causes at home and abroad through information dissemination, education, advocacy, and the provisions of resources. 
There is always a need for new members to join the PEVA Hunger Ministry Team
please contact the PEVA office.



APRIL 2nd - JUNE 15th 


Children who rely on free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school often go without enough to eat during the summer at home. You and your church can help by collecting cereal and oatmeal from April 1st - June 15th.  Please make sure donations are received in the PEVA office by June 17th. PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate is more than willing to arrange for pick up.  The Southeastern Food Bank, the Food Bank on the Eastern Shore, and the Peninsula Food Bank of VA will be using it for the mobile pantries and summer school sites for those in need.


Nickel-A- Meal

loaves & Fishes


If every member in our presbytery gave just 5 cents a meal, $54.75 a year thats alot of spare change!  Collect your spare change, encourage a Nickel-A-Meal Hunger Offering or hold a food drive, raise hunger awareness in your congregation.



Grants Available

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If your church is seeking funds for food and hunger related ministries PEVA's Hunger Ministry Team has 
(for direct food relief) 
(limited to the community & however not limited to food)
 grants available.  
$53,923.33 in
Hunger & Community Grants
have been awarded since 2020 

Hunger Facts

  Virginia is the 39th hungriest state in the U.S.  1 in 10 households struggles to put food on the table!  1,169,665 people live in counties with poverty rates of 20% or more.  More than 47% percent of Virginia households in the SNAP Program are working households. CLICK HERE FOR THE VIRGINIA FACT SHEET (Provided by Bread for the World)Hidden hunger is a term used to describe what happens when vitamins and minerals are not part of the diet.  The Virginia poverty rate is 11%, people of color are more likely to experience poverty.  Poverty rates across the nation Whites: 8%, Latinos: 15%, African Americans: 19%, Indigenous: 13% (spotlightonpoverty.org)


Migrant Farm Workers & Seasonal Agriculture Workers

Please remember the Migrant Farm Workers and Seasonal Agriculture Workers in your prayers as they work in the fields with their families this season, especially those on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Remember the work of all who have helped to make our meals possible. Please consider adding the Migrant Ministry to your outreach projects. CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED 4/26/2022 BROCHURE contact jessica@pcusa-peva.org 
Click Here to explore a photo essay about one Eastern Shore tomato farm labor camp
(provided by the Legal Aid Justice Center) 
  • 2022 Season Items needed this season: children's clothing (NB-5T spring, summer, and light fall attire), adult jeans & T-shirts, food kits (please add tomato sauce & canned vegetables) baby kits (for new mothers), hygiene kits, hand soap, laundry detergent, hand sanitizer, masks, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, sunscreen, chapstick, hats, children’s books, children & adult shoes (sneakers), disposable diapers, baby formula, baby wipes and school supplies for children starting kindergarten. Please try to recruit a few faithful volunteers to organize the clothing by men, women and especially by size for children (fall, spring & summer clothing only).  PEVA’s Hunger Action Advocate will be more than happy to arrange for pick up from your church, or you may also bring needed donated items to the PEVA office between July 5th - July 15th  Mon. - Friday  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Donations are due by July 15th, 2022.  A trip to deliver the needed supplies is planned for July 27th and an opportunity to engage with families at the Migrant Head Start Centers.  If you are interested in taking the trip and helping, please contact Jessica@pcusa.peva.org
  • 2021 Season Donations collected for the Eastern Shore Migrant Farmworkers Ministry included: 114 Food, Kits, 178 Hygiene Kits, 500 Children's books, 2,000+ Items of clothing, shoes, and hats, Bar soap, toothpaste, sun block, diapers, wipes, and more...A 10ft truck and a pickup truck was needed deliver the items collected.  We thank the following congregations for their generosity and support:  First PC (Portsmouth), Hidenwood PC, King's Grant PC, Lynnhaven PC, New Horizons PC, Olaf Shalom Temple, Providence PC, Royster Memorial PC, St. Andrew PC, Suffolk Christian Fellowship, Third PC, and Wycliffe PC.  David McKercher & Terry Phelps (St. Andrew PC) and Ray & Jessica Fitzgerald (Third PC) for loading and delivering the donations to the Eastern Shore of VA. 
  • 8/5/20 PEVA Newsletter (July 2020 Good News on Migrant Farm Workers & Seasonal Agriculture Workers)
  • OVERVIEW OF 2019 
  • PEVA's Face Book 2019 Photo Albums
  • PEVA's HAA Migrant Farm Workers Power Point
  • PEVA's 2018 Face Book Photo Album
  • Farm Worker Dangers & Hard Work
  • Migrant Farm Workers Activity
  • Scriptures
  • Migrant Workers and the Beth-El Farmworker Ministry - Justice Peace Links  Issue 2



Food Desserts in Virginia

Food Deserts in Virginia Food deserts also disproportionately impact lower income residents, as they are less likely to have consistent transportation to a grocery store, and less money and time to spend on food. How far would you have to go to get from your house to a large grocery store?  Could you get there on foot or on a bike, buss or would you need a car?

PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate wanted to share the Historical and Continuing Perspective of Hampton Roads” presented by Johnny Finn, PH.D., Christopher Newport University. To learn more on this program visit  https://www.livingtogetherlivingapart.com/  There is a map  showing  how redlining contributes to where food deserts are today throughout Hampton Roads, VA. 

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Food deserts can be found in all of Hampton Roads in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News and Hampton. 


Ten Commandments of Food

The Ten Commandments of Food (pdf) is a resource for Food Week that PHP helped the WCC’s Food for Life Campaign develop. Accompanying the Ten Commandments is this educational tool for congregations.  It has theological reflections and steps for faithful action on each of the 10 commandments of food.

  • Give thanks for the food you eat
  • Eat food grown as close as possible to where you live
  • Strive for all people to have knowledge about & access to affordable & nutritious food  
  • Eat mindfully & in moderation
  • Do not waste food                                                                                            
  • Be grateful to those who grow and prepare food for your table 
  • Support fair wages for farm workers, farmers & food workers             
  • Reduce the environmental damage of land, water & air from food production & the food system 
  • Protect the biodiversity of seeds, soils, ecosystems & the cultures of food producers. 
  • Rejoice & share the sacred gift of food with all 

Become a Matthew 25 Church

Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Convicted by this passage, both the 222nd and 223rd General Assemblies (2016 and 2018) exhorted the PC(USA) to act boldly and compassionately to serve people
who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.  LEARN MORE
There are 74 Presbyteries, 10 Synods, 942 Congregations and 51 other groups through out PCUSA that have committed to  and embrace these areas of focus Building Congregational Vitality, Dismantling Structural Racism and Eradicating Systemic Poverty.

PEVA's Congregational Vitality, Hunger & Peacemaking Teams encourages PEVA churches to become a  Matthew 25 Church.   If our presbytery has 20% or more of our congregations become Matthew 25 churches and embrace these areas of focus we are a certified Matthew 25 Presbytery.  Let's be the church  together as we are called to do. Exciting news First PC Hampton, First United PC, King's Grant PC, Saint Andrew PC, Suffolk PC and New Horizons PC are Matthew 25 churches within PEVA. 


A powerful story about two churches who answered the Matthew 25 invitation to focus on racism and poverty and its impact on their congregational vitality. 

Confirmation for the Matthew 25 Congregation: Commissioned to Change the World

Seeing Jesus 60 Social Justice Activities for Today Based on Matthew 25

A toolkit of creative ideas for learning about and meeting the needs of the hungry, thirsty, estranged, poor, sick, and imprisoned. 224 pages. Learn more by reading this recommendation from the Rev. Jennifer Burns Lewis of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley.

Downloadable eResource: $24/congregation
Paperback + eResource: $29.70 

Hunger Action Congregation


There are 182 Hunger Action Congregations across the country.  The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) recognizes congregations that care for the hungry and are engaged in hunger ministry. PHP and your Hunger Action Advocate want to hear from congregations that are doing at least one of the following six activities: Hunger Alleviation, Development Assistance, Hunger Education, Worship, Lifestyle Integrity, Corporate and Public Policy Witness.

11 PEVA churches (Community Hampton, First United, Hilton, Groves Memorial, King's Grant, Saint Andrew, Simonsdale, Third, Royster Memorial, Williamsburg & Wycliffe)  have taken the time to fill out the application. CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION 

So many PEVA’s churches are working in the areas of hunger, why not share all the great things you are doing and inspire others. If you would like help in completing the application or you would just like to share your hunger ministry you may contact
PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate jessica@pcusa-peva.org  or 757-397-7063.




PDA- Stand in the Gap

pdalogosidebluewithtaglargeGIVE BY TEXT: Text PDA to 20222. This provides $10 to support disaster response where needed most.  Designate your gift Give to a disaster or relief project of your choice.

ACT - STAY INFORMED- Sign up to receive PDA RIN (Rapid Information Network) emails to be aware of current responses and urgent needs you can share with your congregation.  Email PDA to request the complimentary Mission Mosaic by mail to read stories of disaster recovery around the world in magazine format.  VolunteerWork teams  or PEVA's Disaster Recovery Planning Team (DRPT) are groups of volunteers (three or more) who help to clean up and rebuild disaster-affected areas throughout the United States.  PDA volunteers are individuals with specific skills who serve as members of various teams to help PDA in its mission of disaster response both nationally and internationally.

Assemble Gift of the Heart Kits, an excellent hands-on project for youth groups, Presbyterian Women and others who want a tangible way to be involved. The most frequently needed kits in a disaster are the School kit, Health kit and Layette kit.
Get involved in a U.S. Growing Project- Start or participate in a community growing project in the United States. Raise money to fund overseas food security programs that are helping people help themselves. Explore the Foods Resource Bank.
PRAY - OUR BEST RESPONSE IS PRAYER.  Pray for the people whose lives were directly affected by a disaster in their community, pray for the relief workers and those who are offering assistance, and pray that hope will be found out of the chaos of disasters.


Giving Catalog

A Church that Gives Together, participate as a congregation to support Presbyterian mission with collective gifts to the PRESBYTERIAN GIVING CATALOG! This year’s catalog features: Farm-related activities for your church’s children & youth; the Garden Well; and much more! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Green New Deal

Presbyterians had a chance to learn about the Green New Deal in a virtual workshop that was offered by the Presbyterian Hunger Program recently.  The goal of the Green New Deal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst consequences of climate change while also trying to fix societal problems like economic inequality and racial injustice.Your Hunger Action Advocate participated in the four week workshop  learning and participating in meaningful conversation.  If you would like to use the curriculum in your congregation, family and community.   CLICK HERE  It’s very easy to host with no special preparation or expertise needed.  We are all learning together invite people to join you! 

PHP Post

Download the 2020 PHP Impact Report, edition of the Presbyterian Hunger Program Fall 2021 Post You can also learn more about PHP’s impact around the world!