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. In 2021, Amen to Action once again provided over one million meals to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  This time the food was packed in 10 different churches from various traditions across our city. Each of these extraordinarily generous churches provided their facilities, purchased meals, recruited volunteers, and warmly welcomed volunteers from other churches to join together for a great cause!

Allison Park Church

Amplify Church 

Christ Church at Grove Farm

Crossroads United Methodist Church

First Presbyterian Church Beaver

Mt Ararat Baptist Church

North Catholic High School 

Orchard Hill Church

Saint Jude Catholic Parish 

St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Parish

Food Packing

There is power in our commitment to unity.
There is power in our commitment to service.

Amen to Action is all about both!

Amen to Action 2022 Committee

REV. LIDDY BARLOW, Executive Minister, Christian Associates
DON BELT, PLF Board Chairman
JASON BURTT, President & CEO, Unaltered Ministries 
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
JOEL GRAY, PLF Director, Community Service
JOHN HENNE, Henne Jewelers, Amen to Action Committee Chairman
LEE KRICHER, President, Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation
REV. Dr. ASA J. LEE, President, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
FR. JOSEPH MELE, Diocese of Pittsburgh
TONI TURNER, Founder, GRACISM Task Force


The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is a nonprofit organization committed to eliminating hunger in southwestern Pennsylvania, distributing 19+ million pounds of food per year to 380 member agencies, serving over 120,000 people.

The Mission of Meals of Hope is “To inspire and empower communities to come together to end hunger.” We believe it is our job to feed people.