Meals for Millions and the Hunger Relief Advocate Initiative
In 1998, the Society of St.
Andrew joined with the General Commission on United Methodist Men and
the National Association of Conference Presidents to establish the
Hunger Relief Advocate Initiative. This joint effort, called the HRA
Initiative, is designed to help the United Methodist Church engage in
ministry to and with the poor and hungry under leadership of United
Methodist Men. Hunger Relief Advocates (HRAs) are charged with:
Establishing and administering gleaning networks to provide food
directly to those in need locally;
awareness of the extent of hunger in America and training in the
development of local anti-hunger programs;
Championing UMMen participation in the Meals for Millions
giving program that provides funding for the HRA Initiative;
as an education and action resource for the church on hunger relief
and poverty issues; and
in other hunger relief activities.
The ultimate goal of the
Hunger Relief Advocate Initiative is to feed America’s hungry
through a network of part-time HRAs in every state plus volunteer
advocates in every UMMen district and each local UMMen group.