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What can a nickel buy?

In today’s economy, not much.

But five cents can have a big impact when we join our nickels together for the Presbyterian Hunger Ministry.

The Hunger Ministry of Presbytery of the James invites you to give five cents for each meal you enjoy to relieve hunger locally and globally.

A small amount from each of us creates big change. In 2021, our congregations contributed $48,909 to the Hunger Ministry through Five Cents a Meal.

Here's where your contribution goes:

The majority of funds distributed by the Hunger Ministry provide emergency food relief to people in need.

  • Church emergency food centers
  • School backpack programs
  • County food pantries

Other funds support efforts to eliminate the causes of hunger, such as agricultural training so that recipients can become self-sufficient.

A small portion of donations support advocacy groups.

  • Bread for the World, a faith-based network - campaigns nationally for policy change
  • Virginia Hunger Solutions - works to improve food security through state programs and improved policies


Kathleen Murphy, co-moderator

Mary Jane Winter, co-moderator

Leslie Buchanan

Ellen Guinther

Edythe West




When you give to POJ’s Hunger Ministry, you support projects like these:

Snacks to support education for child laborers in Guatemala


Advocacy efforts to improve access to free breakfast and lunch programs for qualifying Virginia schools

Seeds for farmers in Haiti after hurricanes left them with nothing


Community grain banks for food security in Cameroon


Protein-enriched drinks for at-risk children in Kenya

Read the organizations we funded in 2021

Together, our contributions add up

5 cents a meal


$4.50 a month


$48,909 in 2021

Money in the form of many large bills

Here's how you can help

Start or increase a Five Cents a Meal offering at your church

Cents-ability is the Presbyterian Hunger Program's initiative that helps congregations collect to fight hunger. Find Cents-ability resources online to kick off or boost your hunger offering.


Make a personal gift to address hunger

Send your check of any amount to Presbytery of the James, 3218 Chamberlayne Ave., Richmond, VA 23227. Be sure to note "Hunger Ministry" on your check. Or give online using the button below.


Hold a Minute for Mission

Invite the presbytery’s Hunger Ministry to give a Minute for Mission in your worship service. Contact moderator Kathleen Murphy.