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 number of volunteers continued to grow in 2018 and 2019!


In 2020, it was not possible for people to gather in large groups so the Amen to Action (and Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation) family found another way.  Over $170,000 was donated which enabled the distribution of over 850,000 meals during a year when help was very much needed.

In 2021, Amen to Action will be adopting a new approach with the goal of once again providing at least one million meals for our neighbors in our city.  Instead of thousands gathering in one location, hundreds will gather in one of approximately 10 locations across the city. In each location, at least 100,000 meals will be packed!

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 2021 Committee

REV. LIDDY BARLOW, Executive Minister, Christian Associates
REID CARPENTER, Amen to Action Co-Founder
JOHN HENNE, Henne Jewelers, Amen to Action Committee Chairman
LEE KRICHER, President, Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation
FR. JOSEPH MELE, Diocese of Pittsburgh
DR. JAY PASSAVANT, Founder, Northway Christian Community
TONI TURNER, Founder, GRACISM Task Force
BISHOP DAVID ZUBIK, Diocese of Pittsburgh, Amen to Action Co-Founder


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.