Hunger Action Certification
Westminster is a certified Hunger Action Congregation, with many hunger-related ministries and has taken on a new level of commitment to fighting hunger by forming a member task force devoted specifically to looking at ways our church can grow its work against this problem in our community and all around the world. Click here to see how Westminster is helping fight hunger in our community.
Get involved: Watch for new educational opportunities and mission initiatives!
WPC built and maintains a micropantry at Graham Elementary School, offering food and basic supplies according to a “Take what you need; leave what you can” model. The pantry has sparked participation from the rest of the neighborhood and has seen heavy use. Westminster members visit the pantry at least 6 times per week and keep it clean and well-stocked. The church maintains a supply of food and reimburses purchases for the pantry. In 2021, the church provided $8,104 in funding, on top of many independent contributions from members.
Get involved: Sign up here to restock the pantry, or donate needed items.
Meals on Wheels
WPC takes on two weeks of deliveries each summer in service of Meals on Wheels, a Senior Services of Central Illinois program that supports independent living by delivering food to seniors who have difficulty preparing their own meals.
Get involved: Watch for announcements about helping with summer deliveries.
St. John’s Breadline
Springfield’s St. John’s Breadline provides daily, hot, nutritious meals, to anyone in need, giving people the opportunity to spend time seeking jobs and education instead of food. Westminster raised $1,1993 in 2021 for St. John's Breadline.
Get involved: Watch for the annual fall fundraiser to benefit this ministry.
Souper Bowl of Caring
A Presbyterian youth group conceived the idea of raising money for the hunger over a bowl of soup during Super Bowl in Columbia, SC over 30 years ago. WPC youth members join this effort and annually raise funds on Super Bowl Sunday, sending every dollar collected to local food pantries. Youth members annually raise funds on Super Bowl Sunday sharing $1,594 with local food pantries in 2021.
Westminster Day Laborers
Members of the church annually donate land, seed, and time to planting and harvesting sweet corn used to supply local food pantries with much-needed fresh vegetables. We are grateful for Grigsby Farms for their partnership in this ministry.
Get involved: Head out to the fields with us and pick some corn!
Click here to learn more about Westminster Missions and Service