By: Marcia Brown, Mission Interpreter
Boy, what a winter! How many snow days has your local school district had? In some areas, spring & summer vacations are being adjusted because there have been so many days off. So, why title this article “Hungry?” What does that have to do with the weather? 31 million children in 100,000 schools in the US depend on free or low-cost school lunches, and when they don’t go to school, they probably go hungry. 50 million in the US don’t know where their next meal is coming from, so it’s evident that a lot of those kids’ parents and families are hungry, too.
That’s where the ELCA World Hunger program comes in:
ELCA World Hunger helps reach communities most in need throughout the world. Its relationships in the U.S. and around the world create an infrastructure that allows it to be very cost efficient and effective – less than 10 cents of every dollar is used for program administration and fundraising. From Alaska to Alabama, from Chile to China, your gifts are hard at work helping our neighbors near and far break the cycle of hunger and poverty. Your generous giving makes it possible for ELCA World Hunger to be present throughout the United States and throughout the world. It supports projects and programs in 43 states and 56 countries.
From health clinics to micro-loans, food pantries to soup kitchens, advocacy to community organizing, your gifts are supporting innovative solutions that get at the root causes of hunger. Last year, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger supported at least 636 projects around the world, including:
- 388 food pantries, homeless shelters and other projects in the United States;
- 239 sustainable development, health and other projects around the world; and
- 15 education and networking programs in the ELCA.
In 2012, your support of ELCA World Hunger totaled $18.6 million. Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger are making a difference. Thank you!