Greensburg District Clergy Rise Against Hunger


2018 Rise Against Hunger - Greensburg District

In lieu of a Christmas party in December, Greensburg District clergy families gathered for an "Epiphany" party in late January to "Rise Against Hunger." About 35 active and retired clergy and family members formed assembly lines and packed more than 10,000 meals in less than two hours at Charter Oak UMC. 
Instead of the usual dinner and entertainment, we promoted global heath and focused on ministry with the poor," said Greensburg District Superintendent Pat Nelson. "Rev. Donna Gabler, and her husband Robert were exemplary hosts, amd we were even able to cook and taste one of the meals that we assembled.

"After our meal assembly party, we enjoyed a lunch of soup and salad and a fun gift exchange," Nelson added. "The overwhelming response was that it was great to get together and do something for someone else!"
Rise Against Hunger, formerly known as Stop Hunger Now, is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, with a goal of mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.

"The assembling of meals with Rise Against Hunger would be a great mission opportunity for two or three churches working together, for family reunions, church picnics, and youth retreats!" Nelson said.

Several Conference churches have supported the initiative through hosting their own packing events or partnering with other area churches or community organizations. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, so some churches have involved scout troops, pre-school parents and school service organizations to participate.

Watch this video to learn more about Rise Against Hunger.

Contact the Western PA Rise Against Hunger office at or (716) 534-0467.