Hunger Ministry Team

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.

 

Nickel-A- Meal

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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.

 

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LEARN MORE 

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) 
and 
(limited to the community & however not limited to food)
 grants available.  
 
 
 
 

Hunger Facts

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2020 VA HUNGER FACTS 

One in 10 households struggles to put food on the table.
1,169,665 people live in counties with poverty rates of 20 percent or
more.  23,459 veterans live below the poverty line.

The state poverty rate is 11 percent, however, people
of color are more likely to experience poverty in Virginia and across the nation.
VA Poverty Rates:

 Whites: 8%, Latinos: 15%,  African Americans: 19%, Indigenous: 13%

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 BROCHURE  Contact jessica@pcusa-peva.org 
 
 

 

PCUSA 224th GA MARKET PLACE 

fair tradeThese organizations and partners, which includes the PC(USA) Store, offer Presbyterians a variety of goods and services for pastors, elders, deacons, educators, worship leaders, musicians, and other congregational leaders.  Global Marketplace - Fair Trade is a model of trade that helps people live with increased dignity. The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) believes in the power of this dignity. The Global Marketplace increases awareness of the impact of our participation in the global economy and offers concrete alternatives for more just participation. Global Marketplace partners are excellent sources of responsibly made products. Your purchases benefit not only the people who use and enjoy the items, but the people around the world who make them and desire to live in dignity rather than poverty.  God’s promise of enough for everyone means there must be a way we can each live to our full and true potential.

GA Marketplace can be found here.

Become a Matthew 25 Church

We are called to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities.  We are invited to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.  Join your brothers and sisters and you can help our denomination (PCUSA) be a more relevant, unified presence in the world.   LEARN MORE
 

Hunger Action Congregation

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A initiative by the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) recognizes congregations that care for the hungry and are engaged in hunger ministry. Find out how your congregation can get certified as a HUNGER ACTION CONGREGATION. PHP and Hunger Action Advocates 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 WitnessDOWNLOAD THE HOW TO BECOME A HUNGER ACTION CONGREGATION POSTER & PLACEMAT

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORECLICK HERE FOR FLYER .  10 PEVA churches (Community Hampton, First United, Hilton, Groves Memorial, King's Grant, 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.

 

 

PHP Post

Download the spring edition of the Presbyterian Hunger Program Sprint 2020 Post You can also learn more about PHP’s impact around the world!

 

Hunger Facts

Virginia is the 48th hungriest state in the U.S. and 40th poorest state in the country.  More than 47.0 percent of Virginia households in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) are working households. CLICK HERE FOR THE VIRGINIA FACT SHEET (Provided by Bread for the World).  For more information on other states in the U.S. visit 
http://www.bread.org/library/state-fact-sheets-and-infographics 

PC(USA)

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

PHP Mission

Co-Worker

A Letter from
Cindy Corell, serving in Haiti
 

 Proposed Public Charge Policy

The Trump Administration announced a proposed rule that would make changes to “public charge” policies. “The Bible makes it clear that God wants us to be generous to all people, specifically immigrants.  This proposal punishes legal immigrants by denying them permanent residency if they access safety net services because of temporary financial hardship. Under longstanding policy, the federal government can deny an individual entry into the U.S. or adjustment to legal permanent resident (LPR) status (i.e., a green card) if he or she is determined likely to become a public charge.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

What's Your Favorite Mission?

What LOCAL MISSION is your church sponsoring or active in? Let’s start recognizing all those missions, no matter how small or large. Send the name and a short blurb with picture on the mission(s) to
 

Praise & Potatoes

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Is it possible to bag and give away 20,000 pounds of potatoes? Yes it is, and it happened on Saturday, September 28! The planning for the Praise and Potatoes event was a collaboration of 8 Norfolk Presbyterian churches (Calvin, First United, Knox, Lafayette, New Horizons, Oakdale, Royster Memorial, and Third), the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia's Hunger and Ministry Team, and the Society for St. Andrew. The event was held at Oakdale Presbyterian Church in Norfolk.  20,000 pounds of North Carolina potatoes (some were even heart-shaped - "Love Potatoes") were delivered, divided in 10 pound bags by church volunteers, boy's & girl's scout troops and others, and distributed to anyone who wanted them. Churches and other agencies were included in the giveaway.

Along with the potatoes, there was music, free bagged lunches, and clothing were available for the taking. You could even sample fresh cut french fries! 
PEVAs Special Edition Newsletter Praise Potatoes PresbyteriansRead the article that appeared in the Virginia Pilot On-lineClick here to read the Society of Saint Andrew's Newsletter

PCUSA SPECIAL OFFERINGS

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The four church wide Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are a collective witness to Jesus Christ's love for the whole church. The Christmas Joy OfferingOne Great Hour of SharingPentecost Offering and Peace & Global Witness Offering 
play an important role in defining what it means to be a connectional church.