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‘More like church than church’ is the approach that helps a PC(USA) congregation in North Carolina address hunger

Black Mountain Presbyterian Church is one of the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s Hunger Action Congregations

by Rich Copley | Special to Presbyterian News Service

BLACK MOUNTAIN, North Carolina ­— For decades, Black Mountain Presbyterian Church in the southern end of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains has been addressing need in its community. “It’s a place where you expect to be in service in some way or another,” says Margo Smith, a member of the church, which is one of the Presbyterian Hunger Program‘s Hunger Action Congregations.

Gardening equipment in Black Mountain, North Carolina’s Dr. John Smith Community Garden, which in part supplies Bounty & Soul, an organization that addresses hunger in the community. Several Black Mountain Presbyterian Church members participate in the garden. (Photo by Rich Copley)

We visited the community in late summer 2022 to meet some of the people and organizations doing this work.

DeEtte Decker conducted interviews for the video, which was recorded and edited by Rich Copley, produced by Melody Smith, and includes music by Tre Houston Productions via

 Read more about Black Mountain Presbyterian’s work to alleviate hunger in its community here.

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