In October and November 2023, thousands of volunteers and their children met at churches and organizations across our city, where they packed 1,008,340 meals for distribution by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to our neighbors.

In november 2024, you can join with other people of faith
and good will to address food insecurity in our city!

How Amen to Action Got Its Start...

In 2016 and 2017, a number of Christian leaders – including Bishop David Zubik and Reid Carpenter – met regularly to pray for unprecedented Christian unity. Their hope was that this unity would prove to have more power for the good of the city of Pittsburgh than “all the coal in the hills and steel in the mills…” These leaders became convinced that their prayers should be turned into an act of community service – hence the name “Amen to Action!”

On the day after Thanksgiving in 2017, the first Amen to Action food-packing event took place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Over three thousand men, women and children from area churches of many different traditions met together and packed over a million meals that were distributed by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

The legacy continues to grow. Each fall, Amen to Action provides over one million meals to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Now the food is packed in different sites across our city. Each of these extraordinarily generous churches and organizations provide their facilities, purchase meals, recruit volunteers, and warmly welcome volunteers from other churches to join together for a great cause!


REV. LIDDY BARLOW, Executive Minister, Christian Associates
DON BELT, PLF Board Chair
REID CARPENTER, Amen to Action Co-Founder
BISHOP DAVID ZUBIK, Diocese of Pittsburgh, Amen to Action Co-Founder
CINDY DESCHAINE, Amen to Action Event Coordination
JERREL GILLIAM, Light of Life Rescue Mission
JOEL GRAY, PLF Director, Community Service
LEE KRICHER, Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation
REV. Dr. ASA J. LEE, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
TONI TURNER, Founder, GRACISM Task Force
BISHOP DAVID ZUBIK, Diocese of Pittsburgh, Amen to Action Co-Founder