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“While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.” —Luke 24:51

Presbyterian Hunger Program
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Jennifer Evans
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Hunger Action Advocates

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.

Today we call them Hunger Action Advocates (HAAs) and they are a vital part of the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s (PHP) local work as they serve presbyteries as educators, motivators, and facilitators of hunger action. They resource, alert, and mobilize Presbyterians for specific hunger action.

Hunger Action Advocates 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 (including PHP) 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.

Hunger Action Advocatess 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.

Find the HAA near you: 




Phyllis Canter


Don Shaw

Central Florida

Barbara Sayles


Norm Clearfield

Des Moines

Nancy Lister-Settle


Diane Agnew

Eastern Virginia

Jessica Fitzgerald


Joy Gilbert

Hudson River

Lori Hylton

Grand Canyon

Tamera Zivic

Mid Kentucky

Evelyn Vaughn

Middle Tennessee

Barbara Howell


Phyllis Zoon

Northwest Coast

Dick Gibson


Heidi Worthen Gamble


Denise Pillow


Patty Sanders


Nancy Clegg


Bryan McFarland

San Fernando & San Gabriel

Wendy Gist


Doug Sensabaugh

Sheppards & Lapsley

Linda Burrowes


Clover Bailey

West Virginia

Barbara Chalfant

Western North Carolina

Anita Bernhardt

Western Reserve

Laura Van Dale


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