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Food For Hungry People Appeal

Great Fast, 2017


Let those of us who have wisely finished the course of fasting and who celebrate with love the beginning of the suffering of the Passion of the Lord, let us all, my brothers, zealously imitate the purity of self-controlled Joseph; Let us fear the sterility of the fig tree; Let us dry up through almsgiving the sweetness of passion. In order that we may joyously anticipate the Resurrection, let us procure like myrrh pardon from on high because the eye that never sleeps observes all things.    ~St Romanos the Melodist

Beloved in the Lord,

Blessings and greetings in the name of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray that you and your families are enjoying good health as we prepare to begin another Lenten journey that culminates in the death and resurrection of our Lord.

As we begin our journey to Pascha, we enter into a time of increased prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

To that end, we write to you today to usher in a program that has become synonymous with this holy period, the Food for Hungry People Program. This program, under the guidance of Miss Robin Nicholas, has helped countless numbers of people for decades. What I love about this program is that much of the money that is raised comes from the pennies, nickels, and dimes of the faithful adults and children of our parishes. It is amazing to think how our spare change can add up to so much!

As we begin a new fast, let us continue to strive to help those in need. As we abstain from foods and curtail our eating habits, let us set aside the extra money we would have spent on food and give it to the poor; this will make our fasting complete. As we increase our prayer, both private and in the Church, let us set aside those extra dollars we would have spent at the movies, going out with our friends, socializing, etc.; this will help put our prayer into action. As we strive to control our passions, let us help those whose only passion is to have a small meal to eat, a glass of clean water to drink, or a warm place to rest; this will enable us to see Christ in these, the least of our brethren.

Wishing you all a fruitful and spiritually rewarding fast, I remain,

Your Father in Christ,

Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America


In the autumn of 1974, an international conference was convened in Rome, Italy, to formulate a program aimed at alleviating world hunger. The members of SOYO, compelled by their love of God and His creation, met in Wichita, Kansas the following winter and unanimously adopted a program which would afford every individual in our Archdiocese an opportunity to personally help bring food to their hungry brothers and sisters throughout the world. Presented by Archpriest James Meena of blessed memory, the first, "FOOD FOR HUNGRY PEOPLE" campaign was planned for the Great Lent of 1975.

Through your generosity and prayers, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been distributed to the hungry and poor in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. All of the funds collected have been used to meet the needs of hungry people.


You can give your gifts to the hungry in honor of a loved one on any occasion such as a birthday, baptism, anniversary, thank you, retirement or any other special event. “A Gift from the Heart” is also a thoughtful memorial. We will send a personalized icon card to the person you designate to inform them of the gift you gave in their honor.

Download all resources below: The Metropolitan's Letter, introductory brochure, a calendar for daily activities, informational letter, fund raising ideas, and bulletin inserts.

You may also give by sending a check along with a personalized donation form (PDF) to:

“Food For Hungry People”
c/o Robin Lynn Nicholas
4237 Dundee Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

FFHP 2017 Metropolitan Joseph's Letter (PDF)112.71 KB
FFHP 2017 Brochure (PDF)1.42 MB
FFHP 2017 Informational Letter (PDF)309.62 KB
FFHP 2017 Calendar (PDF)366.63 KB
FFHP 2017 Bulletin Inserts (PDF)336.56 KB
FFHP 2017 Fund Raising Ideas (PDF)486.14 KB