He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me? declares the Lord.
~ Jeremiah 22:16





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Did you know?

Many of our brothers and sisters in our hemisphere live in extreme poverty.
Many of them and their children go to bed hungry because they do not have enough resources for food.
Many of them cannot buy medicine for themselves or their children.
Many of them drink water full of parasites and bacteria.
Many attend schools where less than 34% of teachers are qualified to teach and gang violence takes the lives of children.

Now that you do know you may ask “Why does God allow it? God is asking Christians the same question, “Why do we allow it?”
Not knowing has never been an excuse.

For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.
~ Matthew 25:35

Jesus’ response:
The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
~ Matthew 25:40-46

The Plan, Purpose and Vision

The purpose of the I Was Hungry ministry is to address the problem of hunger in the church.

We are a very generous fellowship of churches helping the poor and needy around the world, however, in our zeal to do this many of our own brothers and sisters who are going hungry daily inadvertently got overlooked.

We are addressing this issue in Central America through the distribution of food vouchers to feed the hungry. We pray that this will be duplicated throughout the rest of the world.

This is the first phase of our long term vision that will include training and equipping of Christian families be able to fish for themselves, resulting in greater income that will allow churches to help the communities around them.

Support Programs

We currently support programs to teach English classes as this ability increases earning potential in these countries.

We visit these countries through Hope worldwide Community Service Brigades to provide medical attention, medicine and vitamins to the poorest of our brothers and sisters in Central America. Join us and see first hand the overwhelming need.

Changing Ourselves And The World

This is only the beginning of the vision as we pray this will be a movement that will spread throughout the world. Together we can create the change so we will never hear ” I was hungry and you did not give me something to eat.”

What can you do?

For around $1.50 a day/ $11 a week or approximately $44 monthly, you can connect with a family in Central America. $40 will purchase a food voucher to be given monthly. $4 a person is used to supplement the income of a low income individual who administers the program in each country.

You will get a picture and contact information of the family you are helping. You are encouraged to communicate with them or you can choose to stay anonymous.

Results To Date

We started supporting 21 families through surplus from the special missions contribution. As we began our second year of the program, through individual sponsors, the program has expanded to 78 families. For many families this has made the difference between eating daily and going hungry. Some have been able to use the money they would have used for food to buy medicine that is saving lives.
These families were not asking for help from the church, but praying to God for their food needs to be met. They were surprised and broke down in tears upon receiving their first vouchers.

They are extremely grateful giving thanks to God as they feel that we were God’s answer to their prayers. It’s also more than the food; they are encouraged and uplifted knowing that we care. They want to know and communicate with us as their family in Christ.

We have had people on both sides translate each other’s messages and it is becoming easier for them as it is helping them learn English.

It has helped us obey Matthew 25:35 as we are only doing what God has commanded on an issue that has eternal consequences, salvation!

Some of the families include widows and orphans of which the bible tells us in James 1:27 – Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

We are making a difference but as a small group of 300 we need your help to change the Kingdom of God.


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Contact Us

Please contact Horacio Piccininno of The Central Jersey Church of Christ by email at horacio@iwhungry.org or by calling 800) 884-7757.

Central Jersey Church of Christ
PO Box 7360
Somerset, NJ 08875

But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
~ 1 John 3:17-18