More than 800 million people — that’s 1 in 8 people in our world today — are hungry.

As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work.

Working with and through our congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty. Learn More.


Hunger facts

  • 868 million people – that’s 1 in 8 – are chronically hungry and cannot lead active daily lives. [1]
  • 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty, living on less than $1.25 per day. [2]
  • In the United States, more than 50 million people do not know where their next meal will come from. [3]
  • 46.2 million Americans are living in poverty. [4]


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World Hunger News - November 2015

Spreading smiles, offering hope

What started as a simple craft project at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Ill., has turned into so much more – spreading smiles and offering hope to the community and around the world. The craft project was making cards for homebound members and friends. The project was so well received the group quickly decided to do more. Now, on the second Sunday of each month, homemade cards for every occasion are sold at St. Luke’s and the money raised benefits ELCA World Hunger. Last year more than $2,000 was raised – bringing smiles to those who receive the cards and offering hope through ELCA World Hunger for those who live with hunger and poverty.

New! ELCA Good Gifts

The new ELCA Good Gifts catalog is now available. With more than 50 giving options, find something for everyone on your list. The catalog features new gifts, such as the long-drop latrine, and can be a great resource for your congregation. Use the ELCA Good Gifts Fair Planning Guide to help get you started. You can also find special cards to announce to your loved ones the ELCA Good Gift that you have made in their honor.

Shop | Order new catalog | Find resources


Advent Tree OrnamentAdvent tree ornaments 

Decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments representing ELCA Good Gifts – a goat, fruit tree or school supplies, for example – and your congregation’s fundraising goal. Invite families to select ornaments representing the gifts they’d like to give and take them home as a reminder of their giving. When the tree is empty, you’ll know you’ve met your goal!

Order your free package of assorted ornaments.


World AIDS Day is Dec. 1 

HIV AIDSHIV continues to be a major global health issue. In 2014, 1.2 million lives were claimed from HIV-related causes globally. Whether it is caring for orphans in Malawi or educating people throughout the United States, ELCA World Hunger is committed to walking with people living with HIV and AIDS. Join us by observing World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

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Join Monthly Partners

Monthly Partners provides consistent, ongoing support to ELCA churchwide ministries. Setup is easy and can be done online or by calling 800-638-3522. As a Monthly Partner, your donations are processed automatically – helping to reduce administrative and fundraising costs that allow us to make an even greater difference in the lives of others. Join now and receive a free 2016 calendar exclusive to Monthly Partners.


Looking ahead

ELCA World Hunger's 40 Days of GivingThis Lent, ELCA World Hunger is extending a special invitation: Lift up the life-changing work of ELCA World Hunger through new levels of giving – spiritually, intellectually and financially – through ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. Beginning Sunday, Feb. 7, and extending through the season of Lent, congregations and individuals across the ELCA will join together to raise $2 million. This support will enable crucial work to get underway and help kick-start ELCA World Hunger’s year-of-emphasis within Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA. By participating, individuals and congregations will receive exclusive access to ELCA World Hunger’s 40-day Lenten devotional, a six-week study guide suitable for Wednesday or Sunday Lenten worship; emails featuring the devotion-of-the-day throughout Lent; and more.

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Responding to disasters

Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. Recent responses: U.S. Flooding, U.S. Wildfires, Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis and continued response to the Nepal Area Earthquakes.


In the news

  • ​Lutheran leaders in the United States and worldwide are condemning the Nov. 12-13 attacks that resulted in loss of lives in Beirut and Paris.​ Read more.
  •  ​As racism remains an enduring crisis in the United States, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton is continuing to address the complexity and implications of the issue in "Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning" – a live webcast Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. (CS​T). Read more.
  • ​​Recognizing the distinct role faith communities play in helping restore the dignity of those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, Asian and Pacific companion churches and organizations of the ELCA gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for a conference on HIV and AIDS. Read more.


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Did you know…

…over 800 million people in the world do not get enough food each day to live healthy lives? (World Food Programme)

…in the United States, nearly 16 million children are not sure where their next meal will come from? (Bread for the World)

…about HALF of all adults in the United States aged 20-65 will need federal assistance to buy food at some point during their lifetime? (Food Research and Action Center)

Did you ALSO know…

…the world produces enough food to give every living person 2,868 calories per day? (Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N.)

…the number of people living in chronic hunger worldwide has fallen 17 percent since the early 1990s? (World Food Programme)

…in 2014, gifts to ELCA World Hunger helped support over 380 anti-hunger ministries in the United States and 250 programs in over 50 other countries – from food pantries to community gardens, from health care clinics to job training programs, and so much more?