Bethel and Bryn Mawr Working Together to Distribute Food

Bethel and Bryn Mawr Working Together to Distribute Food

It really takes a hard working team to come together and prepare food bags and clothing for 94 people, and then to be distributed in a two hour period. Both of these events took place at the same time on the same day at Bethel Presbyterian (Thursday, June 22, 2017). 

The Bethel Mission Team was supported by 22 members from the Bryn Mawr summer camp (4th and 5th grades) who grasped the challenge to fill bags with food, including the food they donated for the day.

Then we also were helped with the Broad Street Youth Initiative Group from Washington, D. C.  It was a great day and good team interaction. Thanks to all who assisted us.

Grace Marable, Care Closet Ministry Coordinator

Click here to find out about our Care Closet Ministry

Care Closets Participate in Hunger Walk 2017

On April 8, 2017, Care Closets from around the Presbytery of Philadelphia participated in the annual spring Hunger Walk. Held this year at Lincoln Financial Field, the Hunger Walk is a yearly fundraiser that benefits various hunger advocacy programs and initiatives that seek to alleviate food insecurity in the Greater Philadelphia Region. There are 18 Care Closets in the Presbytery of Philadelphia, many who directly benefit from this fundraiser as they offer assistance to individuals in their communities who are at risk for or presently experience hunger.  Care Closet Contact: Grace Marable at [email protected]

Check out the video of this year’s event and notice familiar faces from Chester Eastside, Inc. at approximately the 2.02 minute mark.

What Is a Care Closet?

How do I start a Care Closet? Click here to learn more
Where are the Care Closets in the Presbytery of Philadelphia? Click here for information on the Care Closets around the Presbytery.

Care Closet Turkey Distribution 2015

November Turkey Distribution 2015


Baskets will be $30.00 per basket and Turkeys will be $18.00 per Turkey.

The Presbytery of Philadelphia will provide the funds for 20 Turkey Baskets per Care Closet.


November 9, 2015: Each church needs to place their order with SHARE: 215-223-3028

Each church must contact SHARE by November 9th to let them know how many turkey baskets they are ordering up to 20 baskets.

Pick-Up Times:

  • Thursday, November 19: 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
  • Friday, November 20: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 21: 7:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Monday, November 23: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 24: 10: 00 am – 3:00 pm

Each church will be responsible for picking up their orders from SHARE.

The SHARE Food Program, Inc.
2901 West Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19129


Turkey Distribution November 2014

  • Turkey Distribution 2014

    Turkey Baskets will be $30.00 per basket and Turkeys will be $17.00 per Turkey.  

    2014 Turkey Order Timeline


    • November 10: Each church needs to place their order with SHARE by 11/10
    • November 11: Each church needs to have their fund request into the presbytery (the amount of the turkey orders) clearly indicating where the check should be sent.
    • November 13-14: Checks will be available at the Presbytery Center to be picked up or mailed out, depending on what the church wants to do.
    • November 15-20: Checks from the Presbytery will need to be deposited to the church account and the church (the treasurer) will need to make out a check to SHARE prior to pick-up time.
    • Pick-Up Times:
      • Thursday, November 20: 12:00 noon – 3:00pm
      • Friday, November 21: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
      • Saturday, November 22: 7:00am – 12:00 noon
      • Monday, November 24: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
      • Tuesday, November 25: 10: 00 am – 3:00 pm

     *Please fill out the attached form in order for your church to have funds to purchase the orders from SHARE:  CareCloset_ThanksgivingTurkey_2014Distr                

    For Turkey orders from SHARE:

    • Each church will be responsible for ordering their Turkey/Turkey Dinners directly from SHARE.
    • Each church will be responsible for requesting funds from the Presbytery to pay for the dinners. (Funds are made payable to the church, the church deposits it and makes their own check out to SHARE)
    • Each church will be responsible for paying SHARE on the day they pick up the turkeys.


Thanksgiving Turkeys 2014

The Presbytery of Philadelphia and the Presbyterian Women of Philadelphia are asking for support from our Presbyterian Churches, through congregations, church committees, church groups and individuals by participating in the “Care Closet Cornucopia Challenge—C4 2014”.

Please consider donating to the Hunger Fund, using our C4 2014 offering cards. Click on the documents below for information and resources for your churches to participate in the C4-2014 Challenge!

Turkey Distribution 2014

Please click here for the cost and time line for ordering and distribution of turkeys

Please click here for a Request Form for Funds for Turkeys: Hunger_Fund_TurkeyRequest_2014



From PPPW Moderator Janet Brown about Care Closets

Information for Care Closets

Greetings from Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Philadelphia:

Appreciation is expressed to all who responded with current contact information.

Again, we are writing to offer you clarity as to the responsibility of the organized groups ready to assist you with your ministry to food insecure individuals.

You will continue to contact Betsi Moise at the Presbytery Office to order turkeys, Aldi cards and Payless shoe cards.  Forms will be available on line on the Presbytery website to download and return to the Presbytery Office with your request.  The Presbytery of Philadelphia will also continue to receive donations from churches and individuals in the Presbytery to support the Hunger Fund.

The Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Philadelphia under the leadership of Grace Marable will provide oversight of the Care Closets through site visits designed to offer resources, educational and networking opportunities and volunteer support.

Your ministry is unique for each location within our bounds, but it is our desire to bring all leaders together twice annually to share and exchange information and to share current information and opportunities for the hunger community.  The first meeting will be held early in 2015.

Your next contact will be from Grace Marable.  Please continue to check the Presbytery  e-news for additional updates on a weekly basis.

Janet W. Brown, Moderator, PWPP
[email protected], 610-306-0051 cc:  Grace Marable, [email protected], 267-847-0385

Presbyterian Women come forward to help with Care Closets

The Presbytery of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that the Presbyterian Women (Philadelphia) will be undertaking a new hunger initiative to coordinate and to aid the Care Closets within the bounds of our Presbytery.  

As brothers and sisters in Christ, we know there is much work to do in Philadelphia as we strive to serve those in need. To that end, the Presbytery of Philadelphia celebrates this good news! We are so grateful to the Presbyterian Women (of Philadelphia) for they have come forward to commit to coming along side our Care Closets to help manage and coordinate the Turkey distribution (through SHARE), Aldi Cards and Payless Shoe Cards.  Their dedication and passion for this ministry will help our Care Closets continue to outreach to those most vulnerable in our communities.

This good news has been announced to our Care Closet representatives and in our e-news publication. We pray out blessings as the PW prepare to move into their position of responsibility for this mission work and you will soon be hearing from their Moderator, Janet Brown.  Please click here for a Letter from Janet Brown: HungerInvitation09 01 14


We thank God for the Ministry of the Care Closets in the Philadelphia Presbytery and are excited about this transition as hunger and food insecurities increase throughout the communities our Churches serve.  Under the shadows of our steeples here in Philadelphia 1 in 4 residents are at risk for hunger, more than double the rates reported at both the national and state levels.

As summer winds down, let us remember the hungry men, women and children amongst us. Most of us are familiar with photographs of hunger in developing countries—images of crying children with large bellies and emaciated limbs. But in the US, hunger has a different face. According the Hunger Coalition (Philadelphia):

  • Hunger is often hidden in the U.S. It’s a father skipping a meal so he can pay the rent.
  • It’s a mother going to bed without dinner so her son has enough to eat.
  • It’s a grandmother eating one meal a day so she can afford medication.
  • In the US, hunger looks like obesity. Families stretch their dollars by buying cheaper, high-calorie foods with little nutritional value. Low-income mothers often cut back on their own meals so their kids don’t go hungry. Such chronic ups and downs in food intake frequently lead to obesity among these women.
  • Additionally, many low-income neighborhoods, especially those in the inner city, don’t have supermarkets. That forces residents to rely on corner stores, which are much more likely to carry chips and soda than fresh fruit and vegetables.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free”. Luke 4:18


The Care Closet at Temple Presbyterian Church is in need of a new deep freezer.  Their old one broke down and they are looking for a small deep freezer, no more than 3 feet in height.

If you have are able to help Temple Presbyterian out, please contact Elder Gibbs at 267.968.6348 for more information or if you have any questions.

Thank you for your help!