Nearly 800 million people – that’s 1 in 10 people in world today – struggle daily to find their next meal. As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. As members of this synod, we are answering that call by engaging our leaders and congregations on this important local and global issue.
In response to our call to care for our neighbor and in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we will raise a total of $500,000 for ELCA World Hunger. From now until the Reformation anniversary on October 31, 2017, our community will hold you in prayer as you engage your congregational members to join this effort.
As of January 31, 2017, our total individual and congregational support for our hunger appeal is at $249,165 , 49.8% of our goal.
How can we respond?
- Pray about world hunger
- Educate yourself and your congregation about both local and global hunger issues
- Share stories to better under the complexities of hunger
- Give to ELCA World Hunger: encourage your congregation to take a special offering.
Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
ELCA World Hunger
Working with and through our congregations, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty.
- 795 million people around the world – that’s 1 in 10 – can’t access the food they need to live active, healthy lives.
- 1 billion people live in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 per day. That’s 14.5% of the world’s population.
- At some point in 2014, more than 48 million people in the United States were unsure where their next meal might come from.
- 46.7 million Americans were living in poverty in 2014. For a family of four, this means their annual household income was below $23,850.
“Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow brothers and sisters throughout the world, who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them, through our hands, this day their daily bread, and by our understanding love , give peace and joy.”
-Mother Teresa of Calcutta