Hunger Action Enablers
The term Hunger Action Enabler (HAE) was coined by the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. in 1973 when the Women's Birthday Offering established a network of 14 Hunger Action Enablers to serve the synods and the General Assembly's Task Force on world Hunger.
What is a Hunger Action Enabler?
Hunger Action Enablers are called to serve presbyteries as educators, motivators, and facilitators of hunger action. Their goal is to enable congregations and other groups within the church to gain the knowledge and skills to sustain a long-term commitment to hunger action.
Hunger Action Enablers assist congregations and other groups to become engaged with the poor in their own communities and in other countries to address immediate needs and long-term solutions. They provide a link with a local, regional and national ecumenical agencies which address issues of direct hunger relief, hunger-related development assistance, public policy advocacy, education and interpretation about hunger and lifestyle issues, including environmental justice. As enablers of others, they provide a "switchboard" for these agencies and the national Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) to resource, alert, and mobilize Presbyterians for specific hunger action.
Hunger Action Enablers are accountable to the governing body which calls them. These governing bodies are expected to provide supervision and to conduct annual evaluation which, in the case of those receiving PHP Programs grants, are shared with the PHP Advisory Committee.
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