Cents-Ability is a small first step in the battle against hunger and poverty. Congregations invite every member—of all ages—to contribute a few cents at every meal as an expression of thanks for what we have received. This simple act is also a commitment to share with others in response to Jesus’ command “You give them something to eat.” When members bring their offerings to church on the appointed Sunday, all of those coins “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” as they are received and dedicated.
These small acts of faithfulness can add up: 100 persons in a congregation will contribute $180 a month at two cents a meal. That’s $2,160 a year. Our presbytery has the potential of raising $150,000 annually at just a penny per person per meal.
How does it work?
Cents-Ability emphasizes daily participation by each member of the household. The idea is to build a consciousness among participants that all of us are responsible for helping to end hunger and that Cents-Ability will become part of our daily walk with God.
Ideally, family members contribute a pre-determined amount (1¢ to 5 or 10¢) at each meal. Many congregations distribute Cents-Ability banks for each family’s or individual’s use. If at all possible, contributions will come from “living more simply so that others may simply live.”
Where does the money go? The Cents-Ability Grants Committee (made up of a representative from each participating congregation) meets twice a year to decide which initiatives to fund.
- 40% of the funds raised are given to hunger ministries in New Jersey that are carried out by or connected with our congregations.
- 60% of the funds go to support projects of the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
Cents Grants Comm Report to Presbytery 2013-01
2012 Local Cents-Ability Grants