March 11, 2021
More than 11 percent of the world’s people are hungry and 1 in 7 live in poverty. Tragically, children are especially vulnerable to long term effects of hunger and malnutrition. Chronically malnourished children don’t grow to reach a normal height;they are more likely to die from infectious diseases like measlesand diarrhea; and as adults, they often have cognitive impairment and struggle to succeed. Major causes of hunger and malnutrition include poverty, conflict, economic disruption, and natural disasters such as disease, droughts, hurricanes, and crop failures caused by insect devastation.
ELCA World Hunger is our church’s ministry to end hunger and poverty. PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION to the Synod 40-40-40 Lenten Hunger Appeal to raise funds for ELCA World Hunger (https://community.elca.org/elcaworldhunger). The need is great.
I invite you to read how ELCA World Hunger (https://www.elca.org/hunger) works to end the root causes of hunger in more than 60 countries around the world:
The International Work of ELCA World Hunger
“The strength of our international work is in the relationship between the ELCA and its global companion churches and partners. These churches and organizations understand their local context best, and this means they can responsibly identify their communities’ greatest needs and the most appropriate responses. We walk together with our global partners to develop strategies to reduce the impact of hunger and poverty. Together, we achieve things on a scale and scope that we never could do otherwise. Learn more about the accompaniment approach.
Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger provide international grants for relief, advocacy and sustainable development projects. In partnership with global companion churches — Lutheran church bodies around the world — and other Lutheran partners, such as The Lutheran World Federation, and ecumenical partners like Church World Service, these grants support sustainable development work in areas related to healthcare, income generation, food security, clean water and education — addressing hunger right at the root causes.
Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger are making a difference. As a partner of churches, social ministry organizations and development and advocacy organizations, ELCA World Hunger helps reach communities most in need throughout the world. Our relationships in the U.S. and around the world create an infrastructure that allows us to be very cost efficient and effective — less than 15 cents of every dollar is used for program administration and fundraising.
From health clinics to microloans, food pantries to soup kitchens, advocacy to community organizing, your gifts are supporting meaningful solutions that get at the root causes of hunger. Learn more about these innovative and effective projects around the world.
Our relief and development work is pursued and accomplished through a variety of bold, active ministries and initiatives:
Each effort strives for justice, peace and change in the world, and draws its strength and effectiveness from working in partnership with others who share a common vision of serving and loving our neighbor and restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name.”