Changing the Politics of Hunger

This Sunday, October 16th is World Food Day.  This is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-round action to alleviate hunger.

How can you, your school, workplace, organization, or faith community partake in World Food Day or be intentional about changing the politics of hunger before Thanksgiving?

Here are a few possibilities:

1.)    Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger

 This site is an international classroom for exploring the problems of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity.  Their hope is to equip and encourage teachers and young people to actively participate in creating a world free from hunger.  They offer lessons for teachers to use on hunger and malnutrition, resources and activities for young people, as well as an interactive forum for exchanging information and experiences around the world.  Using this site educators are equipped to empower young people to take action in ending hunger.

 2.)    Bread for the World Sunday

 Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging its nation’s leaders to end poverty at home and abroad by changing public policy.  They are in relationship with Bread for the World Institute which seeks to provide policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it.  They are encouraging faith communities to take action by having faith, write to congress to make your voice heard in our government, engage your church by having a Bread for the World Sunday or a discussion on hunger, and organize your local community to take action to end hunger.

 3.)    Sign the Petition to End Hunger

 Join the 1billionhungry campaign by signing their petition.  The movement states that “We who support this petition find it unacceptable that close to one billion people are chronically hungry. Through the United Nations, we call upon governments to make the elimination of hunger their top priority until that goal is reached.”

This next week, I am committed to praying the Bread for the World prayer for Congress and will then write a letter to Congress to address the growing hunger concerns that I see in my own small town.

O God, whose will is good and gracious, and whose law is truth: we ask you to guide and bless our senators and representatives in Congress. Give them courage, wisdom, and foresight to provide for the needs of all people—especially those who struggle to feed themselves and their families.  In the midst of deliberations about fiscal stewardship, help them remember our national responsibility to those who have the least. Help Congress enact laws that will please you and create the sort of community that you intend, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For more information on hunger, visit our page on Hunger.

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