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50 participants. 1,200 individual donors. 11,000 visitors. More than $155,000 total raised. This is the power of HungerworX.  


Two years ago, 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.  Your prayers and support are what have made this incredible success possible.  THANK YOU.   

We are proud to launch our third annual HungerworX campaign on Ash Wednesday, February 10th. Join us again this year to take this challenge to the next level, and make HungerworX-2.0 have an even greater impact!  

What makes HungerworX-2.0 different? We are glad you asked!

In an effort to promote a more powerful sense of community, solidarity, and a stronger reflective experience, HungerworX-2.0 will call on participants to engage in the traditional HungerworX challenge together, as "one body", during Holy Week . While fundraising, preparation and sharing the HungerworX story will take place throughout Lent, the HungerworX-2.0experience during Holy Week will allow us to reflect together in solidarity with all those whom we help serve through CFJ's various programs throughout the year.

What will YOU do to honor this sacred season?   Sign up today!



Three years in a row ... Why does HungerworX still matter?  


The message has been lost in this very loud election season, but food insecurity remains an issue of great urgency. Here in New Jersey, the number of men, women and children living in poverty continues to rise, 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.  And just recently, the Christie administration backtracked on previous policies, making employment a prerequisite for SNAP eligibility, leaving more than 11,000 of the states residents newly - and suddenly - without food benefits.

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

If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash another's feet.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. (Jn 13:14)



This Holy Thursday, Pope Francis has chosen to celebrate Mass with and wash the feet of refugees and asylum-seekers, men and women that have been forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. Most have encountered countless roadblocks on their journey to safety. In this age...

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"Do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and your children"
Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children” (Lk 23:28)

Unable to stop crying, a single mother weeps in anguish, knowing that her children will go to bed hungry again tonight. The end of the month always brings hunger, because her paycheck just can’t stretch enough to pay the rent and put food on the table all...

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"Like one from whom you turn your face, spurned, and we held him in no esteem."
He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, knowing pain, like one from whom you turn your face, spurned, and we held him in no esteem. (Is 53:3)

Lord, how often have we turned our heads, and averted our eyes, to avoid looking at a homeless man or woman, hungry and cold, begging on the street? How often have we turned away from those most in need of love and compassion?  How often...

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“What evil has this man done?"
Again Pilate addressed them, still wishing to release Jesus,
but they continued their shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
Pilate addressed them a third time, “What evil has this man done? I found him guilty of no capital crime. Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him.”
With loud shouts, however, they persisted in calling for his crucifixion, and their voices prevailed.
The...


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#FoodForThought

SNAP recipients typically run through their monthly allotment in three weeks, then turn to food pantries.Who qualifies for SNAP? Households with gross incomes no more than 130 percent of the poverty rate. For a family of four that qualifying point is $31,005 a year.



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Honoring Mother Teresa (and all those that combat poverty) on 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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Poverty and Hunger in the News

Some recent articles on the prevalence of poverty and the importance of SNAP. Educate yourself this Lenten season!  

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/maj...

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/11/record_nu...

http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article6...



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A Place at the Table

About to watch this again as we gear up for HungerworX 2016!  An amazing resource for anyone that has not yet seen it - rich in useful content and a compelling way to spend 90 minutes.  

https://youtu.be/cgxxT4xpVNI



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Orientation Video - Especially for first-timers!
https://vimeo.com/154643381

Our 2014 and 2015 Chair, Mary Vanderhoof, really spent a lot of time on this Vimeo resource last year.  With some minor changes, most of the information remains consistent.  Definitely worth a watch/listen if you are new to HungerworX or for a refresher on the challenge.  


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Recent Donations

Name Amount Comment
David Jasinski $50.00 I'm late...I know...You're a good man, Stephen.
David Ellis $200.00
Anonymous Donor $2000.00
Rocky and Susan Balsamo $542.00 Matching Support for our Amazing Donors! Thank you!!!
Don & Merryl Richards $250.00 Good luck in such a worthy cause. Hoping we got in under the deadline date.
Anonymous Donor $50.00 sorry this is so late!
GIOMONA Inc. $300.00
Richard and Suzanne Groth $100.00
Chubb & Son $52.00 Matching gift for donor Mary Ann Heenehan
Goldman Sachs Matching Donor Program $500.00 To match Greg Larson's gift.
Anthony & Helaine Balsamo $25.00
Meghan & Adrian Colarusso $250.00 Thank you to all of our donors!
David Braden $50.00
Anonymous Donor $25.00
Mary Anne Heil $50.00
Greg Heil $25.00
Gale and Steve Steelman $50.00
Stephanie & Chad Peddicord $230.00
George DeMarco $50.00
Deborah Seme $1775.00
Chris and Chris Rath $545.00 Matching donation for our HungerworX supporters!
Goldman Sachs Matching Donor Program $3000.00
Sam Wagner $50.00 way to work Steve!
Anonymous Donor $100.00
Stephen DeMarco $170.00
Stephen DeMarco $80.00
Stephen DeMarco $2750.00
Stephanie & Chad Peddicord $1000.00
Laura and Steve Heil $2500.00
Andrew Rath $100.00
Jayden Papi $50.00
Tom and Susan Hogan $1000.00
Landon Boger $100.00
Zachary, Leann, Juniper, Mazzeo Wood $150.00 Always love to support your work.
Rachel & Colton Riley $50.00 Congrats for raising awareness and money for The Center for FaithJustice!
Peter & Sharon Balsamo $100.00
Lauren and Bill Cooper $50.00 ??
Suzanne Loughlin $50.00 You two are awesome! :)
Nicole Diroff $50.00 Such important work, Stephanie! Proud to support you. Holy Week blessings to you and your family.
Eboo Patel $100.00 Proud to be part of this Stephanie.
Anonymous Donor $250.00
Anonymous Donor $150.00
Michelle Kourakin $100.00 Pay it forward!
Doug Cornell $100.00
Jake Frazer $25.00 Team Demarco!
greg larson $500.00
Pascal Lalonde $100.00
Morgan and Don Risley $25.00
Kaitlin McTigue $20.00 Proud of you!!!
Catherine Heller $10.00
Center for FaithJustice
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