More than 820 million people — that’s 11% of 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 domestically with and through individuals and our congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islandsand internationally with over 60 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. In 2019, gifts to ELCA World Hunger were $23.4 million. Our Northern Illinois Synod contributed $411,000 to this total. Learn More.
ELCA World Hunger provides Domestic Hunger Grants in order to accompany congregations and their partners throughout the United States and Caribbean as they draw on the strengths of communities to address local issues such as food security, clean water, housing, job readiness, human rights, policy change, leadership development and more. Together, these ministries are part of a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger — for good.
Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries is a collaboration of 21 Lutheran congregations and 11 Lutheran partner ministries in the Rockford area that celebrate being One Church, One Body doing God’s work with our hands. We join together to do what one congregation cannot do on its own.
Christian Care, a nonprofit organization in Rock Island, was awarded $5,000 in 2019, 2020, and 2021 to support their on-site meal programs for families and increase their on-site vegetable garden production. Christian Care provides safe shelter, support, resources, and meals for the homeless and those in need in the Quad Cities.
ELCA World Hunger Daily Bread Matching Grants support congregations and their partners as they work toward a just world where all are fed. ELCA congregations with feeding ministries are eligible to participate.
As part of the ELCA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ELCA World Hunger Daily Bread Matching Grants of $500 were made available to congregations on a first-come, first-served basis in the spring of 2020 as they provide daily bread for neighbors in need. Additional grants may be available in the fall of 2020. Visit ELCA.org/dailybread to learn more.