Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) enable congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by poverty and catastrophic events.

PDA is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) PHP seeks to address hunger and eliminate its causes through sustainable development and public policy advocacy. These programs are funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing and additional gifts specifically designated for the work of these programs. Both PDA and PHP always work collaboratively through church or other long-term partners because the work is then rooted in relationships with communities, is culturally inspired and technologically replicable, and builds long-term capacity in partners.

Through partners PHP works with small farmers and their organizations to develop thriving local economies based on the production and processing of healthy food to feed their communities and regions. It is amazing how well organized, small farmers can produce food utilizing traditional knowledge and testing new methods. They not only feed healthy food to their families, communities and cities but also sustain and care for the earth. PHP works predominantly in Africa, Latin America and the USA. PDA focuses on the long-term recovery of disaster-impacted communities. Even in times of disaster it is best to buy locally produced and processed food so that the local economy can revive instead of displacing local food and goods with free imports. Often long-term recovery includes sustainable agricultural projects with small farmers so that a region can become food secure which is a basic building block for long-term development and security. Both PHP and PDA work with volunteer teams.