Pennies for Hunger

Two cents per meal per person. Collect it daily - give it monthly.

Pennies for Hunger invites every member of the congregation to prayerfully contribute a few cents at each meal to help alleviate hunger and poverty. Ideally, contributions come from “living more simply so that others may simply live.” Participation in is also a commitment to share with others in response to Jesus’ command, “Give them something to eat.”

Pennies for Hunger at ORPC

At ORPC, we collect Pennies for Hunger once each month. While pennies and other change are always welcome, donations in the form of dollar bills, checks, and online giving are always appreciated too.

Decorate your collection jar with this coloring page.

Print it out, color it, and affix it to your jar or collection tin.

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More About Pennies for Hunger


The Two Cents-a-Meal concept originated with Presbyterian women to provide an opportunity for individuals and families to participate in a corporate response to world hunger. 


The Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering funded a hunger program that started the Hunger Action Enabler network in 1973.  In November 1975, Florida resident Rosellyn Calvert, whose own family was struggling financially, asked God what she could do to help those suffering from hunger and poverty around the world. She was led to give just two cents a meal. 


The Calvert family committed to each give two cents, and in April of 1976 Rosellyn shared the concept with her presbytery. Today, most presbyteries encourage the contribution of two cents (or more) per person at each meal, reminding individuals, families and groups each time they eat of the needs of others and our call to respond as Christians to their hunger. 


Daily participation is a reminder of the reality of hunger for millions of our sisters and brothers in the world. As the money accumulates, those participating become aware that small, regular acts can result in significant responses to hunger and that there is great strength in working together with other Christians.


We give our Pennies for Hunger collection to Salem Presbytery to be combined with the collections from other churches in the Presbytery. Salem Presbytery gives 50% of Pennies for Hunger to international mission in Africa and South America, and shares the remaining 50% via grants (12-15) to local food banks.