Dear Presbyters and Members,


Together with my wife Karen, I am planning to participate again this year in the Food Stamp Challenge.  I serve as a member of the InterFaith Works Round Table of Faith Leaders, representing the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse.  The Round Table has agreed once again to raise the moral and social implications of feeding hungry people and working for justice, and agreed that standing together to raise the consciousness of our congregations and our community is important to the spiritual growth of, and social justice for, our community.


The information below provides more detail about the Challenge, which will be kicked off at the World Interfaith Harmony Assembly on Sunday afternoon, February 9 at the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) in Liverpool.  Pebble Hill will be participating in the Assembly, and all are invited to attend.


Karen and I invite you to join us in the Food Stamp Challenge.  Let me know if you’d like to participate, and I’ll send a “How to Participate” sheet with suggestions.  It would be great to have a strong Presbyterian witness in this community-wide effort!


Yours in Christ,

Pete Shidemantle



2014 CNY Hunger Awareness Project: February 9, 2014 through February 15, 2014


The 2014 CNY SNAP Challenge: This year, NYS recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can expect to receive $29.40 per person per week. This represents a 10% cut over last year. The challenge invites Faith leaders, congregations, community leaders, and elected officials to live on food that costs no more than $29.40 per week and to donate the remainder of their typical weekly food budget to their faith community’s food pantry or to InterFaith Works who will donate it to area food providers. We are seeking a grocery store to match the individual donations, and funds will be channeled through IFW to local food providers on the InterFaith Works Round Table of Faith Leaders. Participants in the SNAP Challenge are asked to blog, preach, pray, and raise community awareness about hunger in our community.


Co-chairs: Rabbi Daniel Fellman (Temple Concord) Mrs. Gurginder Dhillon (Sikh Foundation) and Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert (Dean of Hendricks Chapel at SU).


Kick-Off:  World Interfaith Harmony Assembly, Sunday, February 9, 2014, Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) in Liverpool, New York, 3:00 - 5:00 pm with a reception to follow. The event will feature many different faith traditions presenting on their tenets relating to hunger. Faith leaders and faithful followers who are participating in the SNAP Challenge will be invited to stand at the event in solidarity with those who struggle to get enough to eat.


For more information:  www.interfaithworks or call at (315) 449-3552.