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Hunger Committee

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

The Hunger Committee raises awareness of global and domestic hunger issues and encourages congregations in ministries responding to the needs of hungry people around the corner and around world.

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

The Domestic Hunger Grant Application Process is now open!

hunger_GrantsIf your congregation is involved in a hunger or hunger-related ministry, from food pantries to meal programs, from youth programs to job programs, from community gardens to programs addressing food waste, consider applying now for funding for 2018 and 2019. The average grant is about $2,000.

If you are looking for seed money to start a new hunger ministry, or funds to grow and nurture an existing one, an ELCA World Hunger-funded Domestic Hunger Grant might make that possible. In addition to providing food relief, these grants also fund projects in advocacy, community development, community-based organizing—all of which strengthen the foundations of communities affected by hunger and poverty. The application, due by June 30, 2017, is online at www.ELCA.org/domestichungergrants.


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

Synod Deacon Karen Nurmi, co-chair
The Rev. Rosalind Brathwaite

The Rev. Perucy Butiku, staff  

The Rev. James O’Hanlon

The Rev. Michael Poole, Jr.

The Rev. Anthony Stephens

Eleanor Sudbrock
The Rev. James Sudbrock
Synod Deacon Richard Thyden

Abigail Triebel
The Rev. Alex Walbrodt  

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