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"The scandal that millions of people suffer from hunger must not paralyze us, but push each and every one of us to act: singles, families, communities, institutions, governments, to eliminate this injustice."

Following the leadership of His Holiness Pope Francis, the Center for FaithJustice launched its first-ever HungerworX campaign in Lent 2014.  It was something new, something different, and something very special, exceeding all expectations for success, both as a fundraiser, and even more importantly, as an awareness-raiser for the issue of food insecurity here in our country.

What will YOU do to honor this Lenten season?

As we fast approach Ash Wednesday on February 18th, consider joining us on this groundbreaking campaign. Please know that this issue is even more urgent this year than last. Here in New Jersey, the number of men, women and children living in poverty rose for the sixth straight year, with nearly one million households living below the federal poverty line – 11.4% of the state! That’s a staggering 35% increase since the onset of the economic downturn in 2008 and does not take into account cost-of-living in each state, which is particularly high here in New Jersey.

To further exacerbate the situation, recent cuts that went into effect in 2014 have reduced the average individual weekly SNAP benefit in New Jersey from $33.75 to $30.25. That might not seem like a drastic difference, but it is deeply significant to those Americans living on the financial edge. That’s $3.50 less each week to buy a gallon of milk, or a dozen eggs, or other basic staples of a typical diet.


Becoming a HungerworX participant or donor enables you to raise awareness and make a difference while supporting the great WorX programs of the Center for FaithJustice. Participants receive a complete resource toolkit along with ongoing fundraising support and guidance. Join us today! Email Stephanie Peddicord at speddicord@faithjustice.org to learn more or visit us online at www.hungerworx.org.

Recent Updates

Remembering the Great Famine on St. Patrick's Day

It's St Patrick's Day, which means many of us who claim the Emerald Isle as part of our heritage (and many who don't) will celebrate that beautiful little island our forebears called home. Most of us will do so by listening to Irish music, dancing, singing....and drinking. But while the spirit of the Irish people has generated lively music, uplifting poetry and great humor, the history of...



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Face to Face with Hunger


The video below was filmed right here in Mercer County, NJ. It depicts a single mother of 4 on line at the grocery story. She is paying with food stamps, and doesn't have enough money to pay her bill.  How do you think the people behind her in line reacted? Watch the video, and then continue reading below.
It's heartwarming to see that most of the people helped the woman, paying for her...

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International Women's Day

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. All over the world, people set aside this day to recognize the contributions and gifts of women in society. But in recent times, it has also become a day to speak out about the gender inequalities that persist in every country on earth. There is not a single country on earth where women enjoy equal pay for equal work, and in too many countries,...



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Lent: A Journey of Transformation

I read a reflection in National Catholic Reporter this morning that really put Lent into perspective for me. The upshot of it was that Lent is really about transformation. “Transforming ourselves into followers of Jesus, destined to live in Love forever.” I remember learning in high school theology classes that the theological term for this is the Greek word "metanoia", a change in one's...



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Participant Resource: Good and Cheap: $4 a Day Cookbook

Looking for healthy recipes to help you live on a $4 a day SNAP budget?  Leanne Brown designed a cookbook while a graduate student at NYU as a resource for families on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. Brown posted Good and Cheap online as a free PDF in April, and there were 100,000 downloads in the first two weeks. It has now been downloaded more...



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Participant Resource: Orientation VIMEO!
Friends, as you get started with your HungerworX journey, check out the following orientation video with audio courtesy of campaign chair Mary Vanderhoof!  Thanks, Mary!  



HungerworX Participant Orientation video
 



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New Resource!
Take a look at the trailer for "Food Stamped", a documentary about one couple's attempt not just to eat but to eat well on a food stamp budget.   


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What does $30 of groceries look like?

Could you live on this stipend?  Join the HungerworX challenge to learn more!  



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Mary Davidson $150.00 I'm proud of both of you!
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Matthew Robaszkiewicz $100.00
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Anonymous Donor $500.00
Steve and Chris Wilcox $200.00 OK Jan and Chris, here is the rest of our tithe amount we have dedicated to CFJ this year. May God continue to bless you!
Maureen Scheckel $25.00 Great work Erin !
Kate Michalski $50.00 Here is to Joan, Tom, Erin, Mary and Randy for walking in the footsteps of Jesus this Holy Season. Bless you.
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Steve and Chris Wilcox $150.00 This one is for Chris Davidson! And may God bless you both in this!
Jan Wilcox $200.00 I wouldn't ask you all to donate if I didn't believe in the cause or the WorX programs myself! Thank you all for your support!
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Anonymous Donor $200.00 Mom and Mike
Raffi and Brandy Maranian $100.00
Debby Seme $2300.00 This donation is a matching gift for all my donors so far.
Erin Vanderhoof $50.00
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