Five Project Areas
925 million people in the world suffer from chronic hunger.1 (www.fao.org/hunger). While malnutrition and starvation affect more people in developing countries, hunger also stalks the poor in the United States. As Christians we demonstrate our love for sisters and brothers by supporting programs which ensure that food is available to those in need while also working on longer-term solutions.
In the United States, PHP supports congregational food pantries, soup kitchens and church gardens that provide fresh produce for those in immediate need. Internationally, PHP builds grain banks, provides local seeds to small farmers and helps establish food sovereignty in developing countries.
Acknowledging that we have much to learn from sisters and brothers, PHP encourages and supports land ownership by the poor, appropriate agricultural technology, rural community development, cooperative economic development, effective soil conservation, water resource development, equitable food distribution, community organizing, and nutrition education.
PHP grants support food cooperatives, job training, agricultural development, micro enterprise and micro credit, community organizing, nutrition education and water projects.
Influencing public policy and corporate engagement
PHP recognizes that Presbyterians must stand for justice in those arenas where the voices of the poor are not heard. It supports organizations and coalitions which advocate for public policies that provide food for poor and hungry people and empower their self-development.
PHP grants and partnerships support advocacy for child nutrition programs, welfare reform that provides real opportunity, foreign aid directed toward the needs of the poor, sustainable agricultural practices and the survival of family farms, trade policies which protect the most vulnerable and debt relief for the poorest nations.
How we live our individual and family lives is a very personal matter, but it also has global implications. In this world where some go hungry because other consume too much, PHP encourages families, church groups, and institutions to evaluate their own needs and develop new ways of being more caring and sharing of the world's resources in obedience to the Gospel.
PHP provides resources for simpler lifestyles, simpler observance of Christmas, spiritual development and sharing resources.
Education and interpretation
Learning about hunger and our response to it begins with the Bible. The Old Testament abounds with stories, prophecies, and psalms about God's concern for justice for those who are oppressed and about God's desire that God's people will be instruments of that justice.
Likewise, the life and teachings of Jesus in the New Testament affirm his special love and ministry for the poor, the hungry and the downtrodden. As his disciples we are called to follow him in this love and ministry.
PHP provides resources for studying these scriptures, educates the church about hunger-related issues, and shares stories from programs supported by PHP grants. Through these efforts, it nurtures the connections between Presbyterians and God's people around the world.
PHP provides funding and staff support for a national network of Hunger Action Enablers, the development of Bible study resources, educational resources for congregations, programs educating the public on the reality of hunger and education and action resources for youth.