Helping Churches Fight Hunger

In North Carolina

  • Based in Pittsboro, the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) works to address trends and changes in agriculture.
  • North Carolina Community Garden Partners provides resources for developing and growing community gardens.
  • Society of St. Andrew relies on volunteers to "glean" produce from local farms and orchards and deliver it to people in need. The website offers ways to get involved.
  • Stop Hunger Now is a Raleigh-based international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other aid around the world. The website includes facts about hunger and details on how to get involved in relief efforts.
  • The North Carolina Council of Churches includes denominations committed to working on social issues. The website showcases efforts on behalf of farmworkers and rural life.
  • North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks is an alliance of the six food banks and one food recovery organization in North Carolina that belong to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief charity.
  • A program of The Conservation Fund, Resourceful Communities supports a network of community groups, faith-based organizations, small towns and resource providers.

In the United States and Abroad

  • Feeding America secures food and grocery products on a national level for distribution to local food banks. The website includes hunger studies and statistics.
  • Food Research and Action Center works with national, state and local nonprofits, public agencies and corporations to address hunger and poverty. The website has a legislative action center.


Area of Work

  • Congregational outreach

Program Area

  • Rural Church

Grantmaking Status

Areas of Work

  • Prevention and early intervention for at-risk children

    To equip children and families with skills to ensure that children reach developmental milestones to lead successful lives.

  • Out-of-home care for youth

    To drive child welfare systems toward greater accountability for child well-being.

  • Quality and safety of health care

    Improving the quality and safety of health care delivery

  • Access to health care

    Improving health by increasing access to comprehensive care

  • Prevention

    Expanding programs to promote health and prevent disease

  • Academic excellence

    Enhancing academic excellence through program and campus development

  • Educational access and success

    Increasing educational access and supporting a learning environment that promotes achievement

  • Campus and community engagement

    Promoting a culture of service, collaboration and engagement among schools and communities

  • Rural church development

    Building the infrastructure and capacity of United Methodist churches to enhance ministry and mission

  • Clergy leadership

    Strengthening United Methodist churches by improving the quality and effectiveness of church leadership

  • Congregational outreach

    Engaging United Methodist congregations in programs that serve their communities