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Hunger Committee

For I was hungry and you gave me food.
Matthew 25:35

The Hunger Committee raises awareness of world hunger issues and assists congregations in responding to the needs of hungry people locally and globally.

Through a network of congregational hunger contacts, its newsletter, and the synod’s e-letter, the committee highlights the relief, development, and advocacy work of ELCA World Hunger, Lutheran World Relief, Bread for the World, and the Lutheran World Federation. We publicize what synod congregations are doing to fight hunger, and we offer ideas to those who want to become more involved, especially by giving to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.

Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Syrian Refugee Crisis is considered to be the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II, and more than 50% of Syrians have been displaced from their homes by civil war and the growing threat of the Islamic State.  Hunger is a major issue in this crisis, both for those remaining in Syria and for those who have fled.  To learn more about this crisis, the biblical imperative to hospitality, what the church and Lutheran agencies are doing in response, and how you can help, read the Hunger Committee’s latest issue of our newsletter, Bread and Justice.


The committee’s newsletter, Bread and Justice, is published in the spring and fall. Learn about the issues. See how congregations are fighting hunger. Explore resources. Be a hunger fighter! Read the current issue.

ELCA Advocacy

advocacy_networkTo learn more about ELCA Advocacy efforts and to receive email alerts regarding issues important to hunger advocacy, click here and sign up! 



Read Our Newsletter!

Bread & Justice Winter 2016


Looking for sermon ideas that raise social justice issues in the lectionary?  Sign-up for Sermon Starters from ELCA World Hunger to receive them every week via email.

Contact Us

For information, questions, or to tell us what your congregation is doing to fight world hunger, write to us at mnysworldhunger@optonline.net.

Committee Members

Dr. Robert Brent, co-chair

Dcn. Karen Nurmi, co-chair
The Rev. Rosalind Brathwaite

The Rev. Perucy Butiku, staff  

The Rev. James O’Hanlon

The Rev. Anthony Stephens

Eleanor Sudbrock
The Rev. James Sudbrock
Dcn. Richard Thyden

Abigail Triebel
The Rev. Alex Walbrodt  

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