“Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” - Amos 5:24

Hunger is a justice issue. We all need nutritious food, clean water, shelter, education, and health care to survive and thrive. Yet 815 million people worldwide do not have these necessities. God has provided more than enough for everyone, so what is the problem?

The Upstate NY Synod World Hunger Team works to (1) raise awareness of the problem of hunger and poverty in our communities and around the world, (2) serve as a resource for congregations interested in ending hunger, (3) encourage congregations to respond by generously giving to ELCA World Hunger/Disaster Relief, and (4) publicize information about ELCA World Hunger-funded Domestic Hunger Grants for eligible congregations/agencies needing financial assistance for programs helping low-income people in high-poverty communities.

The churchwide office of the ELCA sends to every congregation, four times a year, resources and materials to help raise awareness of the effects of hunger around the world along with tools and suggestions for how we can make a difference.  The ELCA also provides “Hunger grants” every other year for ministries on the territory of Upstate New York.  The ELCA website is a place to find more information.

Since 1999, the Synod Hunger Team has organized an annual synod-wide appeal culminating in an ingathering of donations at the Synod Assembly. All congregations are invited and encouraged to participate. Our donations make it possible to accomplish our shared mission to offer emergency relief in times of disaster and to bring life and hope to our sisters and brothers living in poverty in the U.S. and overseas.  The links and documents for the current year’s Assembly Hunger Campaign are below.  Every year in early March new materials and tools are posted.

For additional information, contact mggensler@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook―“World Hunger and Global Mission-ELCA Upstate NY Synod.”