Members of the SW WA Synod Hunger Committee are individuals from congregations throughout the synod committed to alleviating hunger both here and around the world. We partner with congregations and organizations in our area to make a collective impact on hunger here and throughout the world.

We are committed to providing education surrounding the issues of hunger and poverty to congregations and organizations throughout our synod; we are also uniquely positioned to help congregations partner with ELCA World Hunger to reach communities in need.

Click here for the ELCA World Hunger link.

2016 World Hunger Day Activity Book

Who we are:

 

More than 800 million people — that’s 1 in 8 people in our world today — are hungry. Locally, 1 in 5 area residents are not sure where their next meal is coming from. As members of the ELCA, we are committed to pursuing a world of justice, where all are fed.

Members of the SW WA Synod Hunger Committee are individuals from congregations throughout the synod committed to alleviating hunger both here and around the world. We partner with congregations and organizations in our area to make a collective impact on hunger here and throughout the world.

We are committed to providing education surrounding the issues of hunger and poverty to congregations and organizations throughout our synod; we are also uniquely positioned to help congregations partner with ELCA World Hunger to reach communities in need.

Our commitment to fighting hunger goes beyond providing funds to help those in need. We are a publicly engaged church, working for lasting, systemic change. Our commitment to teaching, organizing and mobilizing plays a critical role in supporting and amplifying our hunger work at the local level.

 

International Relief and Development:

ELCA World Hunger works in more than 50 countries around the world. 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.

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.

 

Domestic Relief and Development:

In the United States, the Caribbean and U.S. Virgin Islands, ELCA World Hunger works with individuals and congregations to raise awareness and address hunger and poverty in these key areas: 

Community Development: Partnering with ELCA congregations, social ministry organizations and grassroots community-based nonprofits that address poverty, hunger and related social justice issues. ELCA World Hunger also provides Domestic Hunger Grants to organizations to help create sustainable programs that work to combat the issues of hunger and poverty.

Education: Providing children, youth and adults with a variety of educational opportunities on the issues surrounding hunger and poverty by creating user friendly materials for congregations and organizations. Hunger education helps congregation members better understand the root causes and long term impact of hunger. You can access this material here.

Advocacy: By speaking with and on behalf of those who are hungry through advocacy, ELCA World Hunger works to change the systems that perpetuate poverty.

One of the reasons the administration and fundraising costs are so small is because ELCA WORLD HUNGER relies on volunteers, such as the members of the SWWA Synod Hunger Committee to provide education and advocacy at the local level. This means that more of every dollar donated goes directly to help those in need!

 

Would you like to be involved? There are several ways you can help!

1 – Ensure that your congregation supports the work of ELCA World Hunger: This can happen in many ways. Some congregations support this work through a special offering. Others chose to make ELCA World Hunger one of their benevolences.

2 – Become a Congregational Advocate: Congregational Advocates are a valuable link between the SWWA Hunger Committee and your congregation. As an advocate, your job would be to keep your congregation informed of the work of both the SWWA Synod Hunger Committee, and ELCA World Hunger. Our goal is to have at least one advocate per congregation! For more information, or to volunteer, email the Synod Office at swwsynod@plu.edu. Hunger Advocate job description (pdf).

3 – Become a member of the Hunger Committee: work with other committed volunteers to create education opportunities for members congregations throughout the SWWA Synod. Members of the committee also review any Domestic Hunger Grants that fall within the boundaries of SWWA Synod, including site visits. We also partner with other organizations from time to time to create a larger impact, whether it be through advocacy or education. For more information, or to volunteer, email the Synod Office at swwsynod@plu.edu.

Is your congregation interested in hosting an educational event and need a speaker? Please contact the SWWA Synod Office, and they can connect you to a member of the SWWA Hunger Committee from your area that can help you!

 

Domestic Hunger Grants:

For 2014-2015 Grant Cycle, the following organizations and congregations in the SWWA Synod received Domestic Hunger Grants:
Relief Programs:

  • Peace Lutheran Fellowship: Backpacks for Kids Weekend Nutrition Program
  • Ocean Park Lutheran Church: Community Table (a weekly community meal)
  • Spanaway Lutheran Church: Food For Families Program
  • Thurston County Food Bank: Kids Summer Feeding Program
  • Associated Ministries of Pierce County: Pierce County Hunger Walk
  • Life Care Community Services Food Bank: Food bank
  • First Lutheran Community Church: Jubilee Community Garden
  • Family of God Lutheran Church: God’s Kitchen (a feeding program)

Development Programs:

  • Peace Community Center: Hilltop Scholars Academic Coaching and Tutoring Program

These grants totaled over $37,000 of support over the past two years to help alleviate hunger and poverty in communities around Southwestern Washington.

Is your congregation engaged in work that combats hunger issues? You may be eligible for an ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant for 2016-2017. At this time we anticipate the application process will open in May 2015. Please follow the link for more information. NOTE: ORGANIZATIONS FUNDED IN THE LAST GRANT CYCLE WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING FOR 2016/2017.

http://www.elca.org/domestichungergrants

 

Links:

ELCA World Hunger

Lutheran World Relief: You might think of them as that group your church makes quilts for, but Lutheran World Relief is a non-profit organization that works with local partners to provide lasting solutions to poverty, injustice and human suffering.

ELCA Campaign

Bread for the World: Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s leaders to end hunger at home and abroad.

Lutheran Disaster Response: From helping victims of Hurricane Katrina to providing assistance after the earthquake in Haiti, Lutheran Disaster Response is there in domestic and international disasters, helping families put their lives back together.