The Presbytery of Florida’s 2-Cents-a-Meal Hunger Action Initiative
The Presbytery of Florida encourages the participation of its churches in the 2 Cents-a-Meal initiative. Begun by a member of Central Florida Presbytery, the 2-Cents-a-Meal initiative encourages church members to give 2 cents a meal at home and at church meals & coffee hours as a daily, even every meal – every time we eat – reminder that while we are blessed with food, others go hungry. The money collected is then dedicated in the local church worship and then distributed to any local hunger initiative the church supports and a portion is sent to the presbytery to be used for hunger initiatives by the presbytery.
Because each presbytery has its own hunger initiative, the PC(USA)’s hunger program (PHP) has developed Cents-ability resources. There is no mandate of how much to give, either in amount per meal, nor percentage to the church, presbytery or PCUSA – just encouragement to give to fight hunger using the PHP guidelines that fall under 5 categories: direct food relief, education and interpretation, public policy advocacy, development assistance and lifestyle integrity.
Our churches give anywhere from 0% to 100% of their 2-Cents-a-Meal collection to
not only the 2-Cents-a-Meal fund at the presbytery level, but they also sponsor potential grant recipients that meet 1 or more of the PHP program areas. Sponsorship of 2-Cents-a-Meal grant applicants requires a church’s Session approval within the bounds of Florida Presbytery.
To apply for a 2-Cents-a-meal grant, download the 2 Cents a Meal grant application form. Application deadlines are March 1 and October 1.
To learn more about the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), go to www.pcusa.org/hunger.
Download a 2-Cents-a-Meal collection jar template for your church or household.