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Hunger & Poverty


Keith Jakway, Geddes, NY, volunteer at the First United Presbyterian Church food pantry on West Genesee St in Syracuse, assisting Syracuse resident Bonnie Warren with her food needs.

Keith Jakway, Geddes, N.Y., volunteer at the First United Presbyterian Church food pantry in Syracuse, assists a Syracuse resident with her food needs.

Food and Hunger

We work extensively in helping alleviate hunger and its causes. The primary program we offer that deals with food and creating new sources of it is the Presbyterian Hunger Program. This program works in the U.S. and internationally to help eliminate causes of hunger. Joining Hands is the international component of this work. Environmental Ministries works at the intersection of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation such as climate change. Presbyterian World Mission has several mission co-workers who support the work of Joining Hands, and others who work with global partners on alleviating the root causes of hunger through agricultural development, sustainable farming, and food security and sovereignty. Presbyterian Women’s Thank and Birthday Offerings award grants to programs and projects that are working toward sustainable solutions to hunger around the world.

We are also involved in efforts to promote fair trade food, including programs that purchase fair trade coffee, and to work for the healing of all God’s creation, including the Earth Care Congregation certification program.


Presbyterian Self-Development of People provides grants to those living in poverty to help improve their lives. More information can be found here.