ELCA World Hungerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/2015 ELCA World Hunger Education & Networking Grants - apply now!Gina Tonnhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/646http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/646<div class="ExternalClass06336CA4962047BA83A55880B7156B16"><p><strong>ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking Grants</strong></p><p><em>2015 Request for Proposals </em></p><p>The ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking grants program is designed to support local programs in ELCA congregations, groups and/or synods. The grant opportunity encourages ELCA congregation, groups and/or synods to think creatively about educating, mobilizing, and expanding their networks to increase awareness of the root causes of and solutions to hunger. </p><p>Education grants can be used for events, educational programs or the development of shareable resources. For networking proposals, congregation-based and synod-based hunger leader events and trainings will be prioritized. </p><p>We are looking for proposals submitted by a non-profit charitable organization classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or organization that operates under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3). Proposals must&#58;</p><ol><li>Provide a short (2-3 paragraphs) description of your congregation, group or organization and a narrative of the context in which the project, event or initiative will take place. This should clearly show what your program, congregation or group is attempting to address and how the proposal relates to the current priorities of ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking. </li><li>Summarize how the project, event or initiative will&#58; </li><ol><li>Educate and engage ELCA congregations, groups, and/or synods;</li><li>Influence this church body toward better action and engagement against hunger and poverty; and</li><li>Encourage sustainable participation in the anti-hunger work of ELCA World Hunger past the conclusion of the project, event or initiative. </li></ol><li>Provide a clear &quot;goal statement&quot; that summarizes the direction and focus of the program and defines the scope. </li><li>For education proposals, please list the learning objectives and audience for the event, resource or initiative which the grant will support.</li><li>List two or three specific, measurable outcomes by which the success of your proposal will be evaluated.</li><ol><li>At least one <em>process outcome</em>&#58; What activities will be completed in what specific time period?</li><li>At least one <em>impact outcome</em>&#58; What are the expected results – what change, by how much, where and when?</li></ol><li>Summarize the implementation strategies and methods and/or sustainability of your plan (identifying additional sources of funding if needed). If the project, event or initiative is an annual or cyclical occurrence, or you have previously applied for an ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking Grant, please include a summary of how you plan to create a self-sustaining program or how the program has grown and changed since the last grant received. </li><li>Demonstrate an ELCA connection with one letter of support by an ELCA pastor, bishop, or Lutheran agency/institution that explains how a relationship between the organization and ELCA World Hunger impacts/enhances each other's work and furthers the objectives and guidelines of ELCA World Hunger. </li><li>Include your organization's name, address, contact person, email, phone number, and tax ID number with your proposal.</li><li>The amount of funding you are seeking in a budget for the event, project or initiative using the format below&#58;</li></ol><table width="100%" cellspacing="0" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;33.33%;"><strong>Item</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;33.33%;"><strong>Amount</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;33.33%;"><strong>Explanation</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Put the line item label here.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Put the line item cost here.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Describe how you came to that amount (show your calculations, if relevant). You may also use this section to further explain why you need this cost covered, if you believe that is not clear from the proposal.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>&#160;</p><p>Proposals will be reviewed throughout the year. All proposals must be received by <strong>December 31, 2015</strong> to be considered for funding. </p><p>If you have any questions please email <a href="mailto&#58;hunger@elca.org"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><em>hunger@elca.org</em></span></a>. </p></div>12/01/2015Sustainable Development Goals ELCA World Hungerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/670http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/670<div class="ExternalClass866A885EC98F4005AFA559C0B6CB008D"><p>This fall, the UN member states adopted <a href="https&#58;//sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld">&quot;Transforming Our World&#58; The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development&quot;</a>, a wide-ranging proposal to address many of the most pressing issues facing the world. &#160;This proposal includes 16 new targets called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the UN adopted in 2001.&#160; The MDGs are set to<span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> expire this year.&#160; But what does this mean for yo<span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>u?<span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong><a href="http&#58;//www.un.org/News/dh/photos/large/2015/September/09-09-E-SDG-Poster.jpg"><img src="http&#58;//www.un.org/News/dh/photos/large/2015/September/09-09-E-SDG-Poster.jpg" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;374px;vertical-align&#58;baseline;" /></a></strong></span></p><p><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>What are the Sustainable Development Goals?</strong></span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p>For the last 14 years, the MDGs have helped focus attention and action toward <a href="http&#58;//www.un.org/millenniumgoals/poverty.shtml">eight targets</a>.&#160; With added attention and collaboration, there was great progress toward some of these goals.&#160; For example, the goal of cutting the rate of extreme poverty around the world (defined as those who live on less than $1.25 per day) <span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>was met nearly five years ahead of time.<span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>&#160; <span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong></strong></span></span></span></span></span>In ad<span id="part1"><span><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong></strong></span></span></span>dition the proportion of undernourished people around the world has fallen by 50% since 1990.&#160; These are great successes, but there is much work left to do.</p><p>The SDGs build on the success of the MDGs, but also take a broader view of the challenges we face together.&#160; (You can see the new proposed goals in the image at left.)&#160; Unlike the MDGs, all UN member states formally have committed themselves specifically to addressing the goals.&#160; The SDGs will become effective in January 2016 and will expire in 2030.</p><p><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Why Are They Important?</strong></span></p><p>Cutting extreme poverty and hunger in half didn't happen through blind luck.&#160; The added attention the MDGs brought to these problems helped coordinate efforts that brought about this change.&#160; The SDGs will likewise bring three benefits to this work that will have a major impact&#58;</p><ol><li>Governments, faith communities and nongovernmental organizations will have easier ways to share best practices, to ensure that their work is efficient and effective.</li><li>The SDGs provide an opportunity for collaboration and focus on specific areas of work, areas that affect us all.</li><li>By adopting the SDGs, the UN member states are committed to directing financial support toward these goals.&#160; This will help ensure that good work has the support it needs to continue.</li></ol><p>Still, there was some criticism of the MDGs, namely that they were too narrow and that they were designed as goals for developing nations to achieve, rather than as goals that affect all of us – rich, poor, and everyone in between.&#160; The SDGs are intended to correct these shortcomings.</p><p><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>How Can Congregations Be Involved?</strong></span></p><p>As Lutherans, we believe that <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/655">God has given government as a gift to help protect the well-being of individuals and communities.</a>&#160; This means that Lutherans are called to participate in political conversation and action, to help craft societies of justice, equity and opportunity.&#160; Through ELCA Advocacy, our church has been active in conversations about the SDGs with the United Nations.&#160; </p><p>But our most important voice comes from congregations. There are several ways ELCA Lutherans can be involved to support the SDGs.&#160; </p><ol><li>Pray for wisdom for political leaders throughout the world, pray for peace and unity among UN member states and others, and pray for God's guidance as this work is being done.&#160; </li><li>Lift your voice.&#160; The ELCA is part of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, an international network of churches and church-related organizations committed to campaigning together on common concerns. Through this network, the voices of people of faith are lifted up in important conversations, and faith communities unite together in effective action.&#160; <a href="http&#58;//www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/e-news">Sign up for email updates from the Alliance through the World Council of Churches' website.</a>&#160; You can also <a href="https&#58;//www.elca.org/Our-Work/Publicly-Engaged-Church/Advocacy">sign up for advocacy alerts from ELCA Advocacy</a> to learn more about what our Church is doing internationally and here in the United States.</li><li>Learn more.&#160; You can learn more about the SDGs from <a href="https&#58;//sustainabledevelopment.un.org/">the United Nations website</a>, the <a href="http&#58;//www.globalgoals.org/">Global Goals</a> website, the <a href="http&#58;//www.prayerforeveryone.org/">Prayer for Everyone</a> page, and this <a href="http&#58;//www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/jan/19/sustainable-development-goals-united-nations">article from The Guardian</a>.</li><li><a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/ELCA-World-Hunger/Ways-to-Give">Support ELCA World Hunger</a>.&#160; The ELCA's advocacy work is supported in large part by ELCA World Hunger.&#160; From the Lutheran Office for World Community in New York City to the ELCA Advocacy office in Washington, DC, to eleven state public policy offices around the country, ELCA World Hunger supports our church's work in encouraging public policies that protect the most vulnerable, promote fairness and equity, and provide opportunities for all people to experience the fullness of well-being.</li></ol></div>10/12/201510 Facts about Global PovertyElyssa Salinashttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/669http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/669<div class="ExternalClass0B91AD4EE6504EF6837C7A7094A328D4"><p>​Global poverty is an issue that is intimately connected to global hunger. Throughout the world there are 795 million people who go to bed hungry each night, and many of those people are living in extreme poverty – on less than $1.25 a day. From small-farm families to expecting mothers, poverty and hunger are daily issues. In this post, Elyssa Salinas explores 10 facts about poverty and their connection to hunger. </p><p>&#160;</p><p>1. <a href="https&#58;//www.wfp.org/hunger/who-are"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">795 million people, or 1 in 9, are hungry in the world</span></a><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">.</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Throughout the world there are millions of people who go to bed hungry or undernourished. The United Nations defines undernourishment as &quot;</span><a href="http&#58;//www.fao.org/hunger/en/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">not able to acquire enough food to meet the daily minimum dietary energy requirements, over a period of one year</span></a><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">&quot; and hunger as being chronically undernourished. </span></p><p>&#160;</p><p>2. <a href="http&#58;//www.fao.org/post-2015-mdg/14-themes/poverty-eradication/en/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">78 percent of people living in extreme poverty – on less than $1.25 a day – come from rural areas</span></a><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">.</span> <br><br><a href="http&#58;//www.fao.org/post-2015-mdg/14-themes/poverty-eradication/en/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Poverty</span></a> has declined globally, but development has not been even. While some countries in Asia are leading the decline, there are also areas in sub-Saharan Africa where the number of people in extreme poverty is increasing. &#160;&#160;<br><br>&#160;</p><p>3. <a href="https&#58;//www.wfp.org/hunger/who-are"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">About 50 percent of people suffering from hunger are from small-farm families</span></a><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">. </span><br><br>In small villages or remote areas there are not many opportunities for employment beyond small farming. These populations are vulnerable to crises, including natural disasters, changes in natural resources, and fluctuating harvests.&#160; <br><br>&#160;</p><p>4. <a href="https&#58;//www.wfp.org/hunger/who-are"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Of the other 50 percent of people suffering from hunger, about 20 percent are landless families that depend on farming; 10 percent are in communities dependent on fishing, herding or forest resources; and the last 20 percent are in urban areas mostly living in shanty towns</span></a><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">.</span> <br><br>One of the ways to reduce rural poverty has been through economic development that provides a greater job market, but this cannot stand on its own. Sustainable developments happen when social services are also brought in to help facilitate the economic changes that are taking place. <br><br>&#160;</p><p>5. <a href="http&#58;//www.wfp.org/hunger/stats"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">The number of people suffering from hunger could be reduced by up to 150 million if women had the same access to resources as men.</span></a><br><br><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Empowering women is a vital part in defeating hunger. When women are </span><a href="http&#58;//www.wfp.org/stories/10-facts-women-and-hunger"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">educated and given resources</span></a><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">,</span><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"> they are able to have greater yields in their harvest leading to greater economic prosperity and less child malnutrition. </span><br><br>&#160;</p><p>6. <a href="https&#58;//www.wfp.org/hunger/who-are"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">17 million children are born underweight due to inadequate nutrition before and during pregnancy</span></a><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">. </span><br><br><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Tradition and culture sometimes dictate </span><a href="http&#58;//www.wfp.org/stories/10-facts-women-and-hunger"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">food consumption for women</span></a><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">. In some cultures, women eat last after the rest of the family has been fed, and during times of crisis, women generally are the first to sacrifice their food for the well-being of their families. </span><br><br>&#160;</p><p>7. <a href="https&#58;//www.wfp.org/our-work/preventing-hunger/focus-women/women-hunger-facts"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">About 50 percent of all pregnant women in developing countries are anemic, which causes about 110,000 deaths during childbirth</span></a><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">.</span> <br><br>Expecting mothers require an increase in food and sometimes have special dietary needs in order to keep themselves healthy during pregnancy. When women do not have their dietary needs met, the results can be fatal for them and the child. <br><br>&#160;</p><p>8. <a href="https&#58;//www.wfp.org/hunger/who-are"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">About 146 million children are underweight in developing countries due to acute or chronic hunger</span></a><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">. </span><br><br><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Many times child hunger is inherited because many expecting mothers do not have adequate nutrition during pregnancy. The effects of acute or chronic hunger can lead to irreversible damage. </span><br><br>&#160;</p><p>9. <a href="http&#58;//www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs178/en/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">2.8 million children die every year from the effects of malnutrition</span></a><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">. </span><br><br><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Malnutrition is defined as &quot;</span><a href="https&#58;//www.wfp.org/hunger/glossary"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">a condition resulting when a person's diet does not provide adequate nutrients for growth and maintenance or when a person is not able to adequately utilize the food consumed due to illness</span></a><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">.</span><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">&quot; Children who suffer from malnutrition are often less able-bodied, prone to illness and mentally deficient. </span><br><br>&#160;</p><p>10. <a href="https&#58;//www.wfp.org/hunger/stats" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><span>Globally, 1 in 4 children are stunted, and in developing countries the proportion rises to 1 in 3</span></a><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">. </span></p><p><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Stunting is &quot;</span><a href="https&#58;//www.wfp.org/hunger/glossary"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">a gradual and cumulative process during the 1,000 days window from conception through the first two years of a child's life</span></a><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">.&quot; When children are stunted, they have irreversible damage to their physical form, health and cognitive functioning. </span></p></div>10/07/2015Get Ready for Churches' Week of Action on Food!ELCA World Hungerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/668http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/668<div class="ExternalClass16C40E6F0E114A00AC0E66504332F0CA"><p>​<span><span>October 11-18, 2015, churches around the world will join in prayer and action with people facing hunger during the <a href="http&#58;//www.e-alliance.ch/en/l/food/food-week-of-action/"><strong>Churches' Week of Action on Food</strong></a>.&#160; This global event includes <a href="http&#58;//www.fao.org/world-food-day/home/en/">World Food Day</a> (October 16) as well as the <a href="http&#58;//www.un.org/en/events/disasterreductionday/">International Day for Disaster Reduction</a> (October 13), <a href="http&#58;//www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/">International Day of Rural Women</a> (October 15) and the <a href="http&#58;//www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/">International Day for the Eradication of Poverty</a> (October 17).&#160;</span></span></p><p>This year is the international year of soils, so this Week of Action will be a special opportunity to raise awareness about farming and food production, and to pray for the people who help bring food from the ground to our table.&#160; It is also an important time to raise awareness about our role in caring for God's creation and each other.<br></p><p>Below is a list of resources you can use with your congregation to be part of this important event.&#160; You can find more resources on the website of the <a href="http&#58;//www.e-alliance.ch/en/l/food/food-week-of-action/">Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance</a>.&#160; You can also learn about an important way for your congregation to be involved in strengthening the United States' support of small farmers, families and people in poverty around the world by visiting <a href="https&#58;//secure2.convio.net/elca/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&amp;page=UserAction&amp;id=428">ELCA Advocacy</a>.</p><p>Keep an eye out for more resources and news from ELCA World Hunger about the Churches' Week of Action on Food!<br></p><p><br><strong></strong></p><p><strong>Daily Bread&#58; A Discussion Guide for Meal-Packing Events </strong></p><p>This new resource from ELCA World Hunger is perfect for congregations and groups planning to do meal packing events.&#160; With fun activities, prayers and stories based on real-life situations, this guide will help your group have deep, meaningful conversations about hunger, service and what it means to be church for the sake of the world. &#160;Daily Bread will help guide your group along the way, from preparing to pack to celebrating and reflecting on the work you have done.&#160; Download it for free at <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/ELCA_DailyBread.pdf?_ga=1.13041399.177232605.1439408545">http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/ELCA_DailyBread.pdf?_ga=1.13041399.177232605.1439408545</a>. </p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>2015 Act 2 Day 4 Tomorrow </strong></p><p>This adaptable program from ELCA World Hunger is perfect for Lutheran youth interested in learning more about hunger, faith and hope.&#160; It is designed for an overnight, a retreat, or a multi-week session for youth groups of all sizes.&#160; As the group takes part in the spiritual practice of fasting, they will be led through four themed sessions.&#160; Each themed session has three activities for youth group leaders to choose from and can be adapted to fit a variety of schedules and settings.&#160; Download it for free at <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Act_2Day_4_Tomorrow_2015.pdf?_ga=1.13041399.177232605.1439408545">http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Act_2Day_4_Tomorrow_2015.pdf?_ga=1.13041399.177232605.1439408545</a>. </p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Road Map to Food Drives&#58; A By-Youth, For-Youth Guide to Feeding Communities </strong></p><p>ELCA World Hunger's food drive guide can help youth and adults as they exercise servant leadership in their context.&#160; Written by youth with input from service providers, this guide is a step-by-step guide to planning, promoting and coordinating a successful, youth-led food drive for local pantries.&#160; In it, you will find instructions for planning a drive, handouts for youth to lead the drive, information on best practices and much more!&#160;Download it for free at <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/ELCA_FoodDrive_online_version.pdf?_ga=1.13041399.177232605.1439408545">http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/ELCA_FoodDrive_online_version.pdf?_ga=1.13041399.177232605.1439408545</a>. </p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Do-It-Yourself Walk for Water Experience</strong></p><p>At the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, thousands of young people participated in ELCA World Hunger's Walk for Water, an interactive track experience that brought them into the story of a person without access to clean water.&#160; This Walk for Water Do-It-Yourself Guide has everything you need – discussion guides, instructions, posters, and signs – to host your own Walk for Water with your congregation. Download it for free at <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/ELCAWFWDoItYourself.pdf?_ga=1.125105482.177232605.1439408545">http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/ELCAWFWDoItYourself.pdf?_ga=1.125105482.177232605.1439408545</a>. </p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Rooted in God's Word and Lands&#58; A Celebration of the Earth That Nourishes Us</strong></p><p>This resource from Creation Justice Ministries encourages Christians to treat land as the special gift that it is.&#160; It has ideas for sermons, Sunday School activities, and adult study and contemplation exercises. Download it for free at <a href="https&#58;//salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50750/images/rootedinland.pdf?key=62473672">https&#58;//salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50750/images/rootedinland.pdf?key=62473672</a>. </p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Sustainable Food in a Changing Climate</strong></p><p>This 2015 resource from Creation Justice Ministries offers prayers and liturgies for worship, ideas for educational programs, and suggestions for personal food choices that raise awareness about and encourage action toward sustainable choices about the foods we eat.&#160; Download it for free at <a href="https&#58;//salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50750/images/Earth%20Day%202015.pdf?key=62473672">https&#58;//salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50750/images/Earth%20Day%202015.pdf?key=62473672</a>. </p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Just Climate&#58; Study Guide for Adult Christian Education</strong></p><p>Creation Justice Ministries' popular 2008 resource is as relevant today as it was when it was first released.&#160; This three-session study guide is perfect for audiences new to studying climate change.&#160; It has discussion and reflection questions, a leader's guide to the issues, and fact sheets on several countries to help your group see the concrete effects of climate change around the world and in the United States. Download it for free at <a href="https&#58;//salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50750/images/Just%20Climat%202008.pdf?key=62473672">https&#58;//salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50750/images/Just%20Climat%202008.pdf?key=62473672</a>. </p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Care of Creation Lectionary Reflections</strong></p><p>Lutherans Restoring Creation offers an online archive of commentaries on the Revised Common Lectionary that is perfect for developing a sermon, a children's sermon, or an educational forum.&#160; The archive can be found at <a href="http&#58;//www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/Home/care-of-creation-sermon-reflections-by-dr-dennis-ormseth">http&#58;//www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/Home/care-of-creation-sermon-reflections-by-dr-dennis-ormseth</a>.</p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Hunger and Climate Change Connections Toolkit</strong></p><p>ELCA World Hunger's toolkits are easy-to-use, adaptable for a variety of settings and suitable for intergenerational audiences.&#160; The activities can take as little as 15 minutes, or as much as one hour, depending on your needs.&#160; Learn about climate-related disasters, the effects of climate change on vulnerable populations and actions your congregation can take.&#160; Download this toolkit at <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Climarte_Change.pdf?_ga=1.23057915.177232605.1439408545">http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Climarte_Change.pdf?_ga=1.23057915.177232605.1439408545</a></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Hunger and Climate Change&#58; Agriculture and Food Security in a Changing Climate</strong></p><p>From biofuels to gender justice, from political stability to farming in the United States, this fact sheet from the ELCA highlights the wide-ranging effects of climate change.&#160; With ideas for what your congregation can do to support farmers and others impacted by climate change, this fact sheet is perfect for Lutherans concerned about agriculture and hunger.&#160; Download it at <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Agriculture_And_Food_Security_In_A_Changing_Climate.pdf?_ga=1.48224999.177232605.1439408545">http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Agriculture_And_Food_Security_In_A_Changing_Climate.pdf?_ga=1.48224999.177232605.1439408545</a></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Caring for Creation&#58; Vision, Hope and Justice</strong></p><p>The ELCA's social statement on care for creation, adopted in 1993, remains an important reflection on our role as stewards in God's world.&#160; Read it here&#58; <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/EnvironmentSS.pdf?_ga=1.87350616.177232605.1439408545">http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/EnvironmentSS.pdf?_ga=1.87350616.177232605.1439408545</a>. </p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>ELCA World Hunger Blog</strong></p><p>ELCA World Hunger is a primary supporter of ministries that help local communities adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change, from using drought-resistant crops to learning about more efficient soil management.&#160; Follow stories about programs your church supports, reflections on God's Word and our Lutheran tradition, and updates on the latest hunger research by signing up for the blog.&#160; Visit <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/blogs/worldhunger">www.elca.org/blogs/worldhunger</a> to learn more.</p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Dig It! The Secrets of Soil</strong></p><p>The theme for this year's Churches' Week of Action on Food is soil.&#160; The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History has a great website with activities for adults and children to learn more about this precious resource.&#160; Start digging at <a href="http&#58;//forces.si.edu/soils/">http&#58;//forces.si.edu/soils/</a>! </p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>The Dirt on Soil&#58; What's Really Going on Under the Ground</strong></p><p>In keeping with the theme for this year's Churches' Week of Action on Food, Discovery Education's interactive online adventure is a fun way to learn more about the ground beneath our feet.&#160; Explore the layers of soil, read field guides or micro-size yourself for an exciting adventure!&#160; Get started at <a href="http&#58;//school.discoveryeducation.com/schooladventures/soil/">http&#58;//school.discoveryeducation.com/schooladventures/soil/</a>. </p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Land Governance</strong></p><p>Who owns the land is an important question when thinking about food production.&#160; Food and Business Knowledge Platform has an extensive website, with lots of information and easy-to-use fact sheets on land governance that can help you learn more about this important issue.&#160; Visit <a href="http&#58;//knowledge4food.net/theme/land-governance/">http&#58;//knowledge4food.net/theme/land-governance/</a> to get started.</p><p><br></p></div>09/18/2015Hunger and Higher Education: The Campus Kitchens ProjectElyssa J. Salinashttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/667http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/667<div class="ExternalClassA5C4CE7E118E43A1B562CD96C50C4178"><p style="text-align&#58;right;">​<img alt="" style="width&#58;411px;margin&#58;5px;" />August 27, 2015<br></p><p>Last night I went to the grocery store near closing, and I noticed how much food was still out in the produce section. There was an abundance of avocados, a plethora of pears and a bounty of bananas. There was no way that this would sell out by closing, so I wondered, what will happen to this food? </p><p>When we throw out our garbage, how much is food waste? We throw away leftovers, excess food that goes bad and remnants from our cooking. In larger settings like restaurants and schools, much of the food prepared for large groups may go unused. Food waste is astronomical in the United States, but how does that compare to the multitudes of people who go hungry every day? The Campus Kitchens Project, based in Washington, D.C., is working to raise awareness about food waste and hunger and to help college and university students do something about both.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="http&#58;//www.campuskitchens.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/CKP_Infographic_v06.png"><img alt="ckp.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20World%20Hunger/Browse/ckp.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;vertical-align&#58;baseline;" /></a></p><p>The project makes use of the leftover, quality food from schools and grocery stores that would otherwise be wasted and uses it for meals in the community. Students run Campus Kitchens at their university or college and are able to have hands-on experience in running a non-profit initiative while working with partners in their local communities. There are currently <a href="http&#58;//www.campuskitchens.org/mission/">45 schools</a> that are part of this initiative, which spans the country from coast to coast. <a href="http&#58;//www.campuskitchens.org/why-we-do-what-we-do/">The project's mission is to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities through empowering and educating students about what they can do to combat food insecurity in this country.</a> </p><p><a href="http&#58;//www.campuskitchens.org/how-we-do-it/">Every Campus Kitchen has the same general model to combat food insecurity in its community.</a> Waste is curbed with food recovery that takes uneaten, quality food from places like campus dining services or local grocery stores. There is meal preparation, which trains volunteers to use the donations to create balanced and healthy meals. Meals are delivered to organizations or families in the area where the students make connections with the recipients. These connections enable the students to get a better understanding of the issue of hunger through relationships and conversations. These Campus Kitchens also provide education and empowerment to families in the community, including culinary training with unemployed adults and children's programs on nutrition. </p><p>Through an <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/646">Education and Networking Grant, </a>ELCA World Hunger has helped support The Campus Kitchens Project's work to promote opportunity and raise awareness about food insecurity. &#160;ELCA World Hunger and the project agree that hunger cannot be solved by food alone. Education, advocacy and, especially, building relationships within communities are key parts in stopping hunger for good. At Campus Kitchens, as at many ELCA World Hunger-supported ministry sites, food is an entry point for a deeper, long-lasting relationship with neighbors. </p><p>To learn more about The Campus Kitchens Project please visit <a href="http&#58;//www.campuskitchens.org/start-a-kitchen/">http&#58;//www.campuskitchens.org/start-a-kitchen/</a> or email Matt Schnarr, the Expansion and Partnerships Manager at <a href="mailto&#58;mschnarr@campuskitchens.org">mschnarr@campuskitchens.org</a>.</p><p>To learn more about ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking grants, visit <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/646">http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/646</a>. </p><p><br></p><p><em>Elyssa Salinas is program assistant for hunger education with ELCA World Hunger.&#160; Please direct comments or questions to Hunger@ELCA.org.</em><br></p><p>&#160;</p></div>08/27/2015Cleaner Cooking in BangladeshRyan P. Cumminghttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/666http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/666<div class="ExternalClassFE0C90F3BACA40D784AA51969421FEFA"><p style="text-align&#58;right;"><strong>August 20, 2015</strong><br></p><p>Ramoni Rani and her husband, Nor Uttam Hawlader, live in the village of Rajakhali in Bangladesh with their two sons. Like many Bangladeshi farmers, Ramoni and Nor use wood-burning stoves to cook food in their homes. The cost for fuel for the stoves can be very high for families with limited incomes, around 4,000-4,500 takas (about $50-57 per month). Wood-burning cookstoves also produce a lot of smoke, a key culprit in many health problems. <a href="http&#58;//www.who.int/entity/quantifying_ehimpacts/national/countryprofile/bangladesh.pdf?ua=1">In fact, a 2009 profile of Bangladesh from the World Health Organization found that indoor air pollution contributes to nearly 50,000 deaths every year</a>. Ramoni, Nor and their children suffered from respiratory illnesses and eye problems because of the smoke in their homes.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20World%20Hunger/Browse/Case%20Story%20on%20Improved%20Stove.jpg" alt="Case Story on Improved Stove.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;vertical-align&#58;middle;" /></p><p>Because of problems related to health, the cost of fuel and the risk of indoor fires, the Bangladesh Science and Industry Research Council developed an improved cookstove called &quot;bondhu chula.&quot; Yet, a <a href="http&#58;//news.yale.edu/2012/06/29/despite-efforts-change-bangladeshi-women-prefer-use-pollution-causing-cookstoves">Yale Univer<span id="part1"><span></span></span>sity study</a> published in 2009 found that many Bangladeshis are reluctant to use improved cookstoves for a variety of reasons. Some of the Bangladeshis they surveyed didn't know how to use the new stoves. Many had never even seen an improved cookstove. Nearly all worried about the cost.</p><p>Addressing some of these difficulties, Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh, supported in part by ELCA World Hunger, introduced bondhu chula<em> </em>stoves to 256 women, with significant, far-reaching goals&#58;</p><ul><li>reduce cost of fuel for cooking;</li><li>reduce the rate of respiratory infections and eye problems; </li><li>reduce the time women spent cooking;</li><li>reduce the number of trees cut down for cooking fuel; and</li><li>reduce carbon emissions from stoves.</li></ul><p>By giving women in the Dumki Upazilla region of Bangladesh the improved cookstoves and offering training in using them, Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh helped many women provide a safer, cleaner and more affordable way to cook for their families. Ramoni and Nor, who participated in the program, found that the new stoves cut their costs and the time they spent cooking in half. Now the health problems they and their sons had are all but gone, and Ramoni and Nor can spend the extra money on taking care of their children. </p><p>The use of more efficient cookstoves is also a step toward better care of creation in Bangladesh.&#160; <a href="http&#58;//www.fao.org/docrep/011/i0350e/i0350e00.htm">According to a 2009 report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, nearly 2,000 hectares of forest are lost in the country every year</a>. This results in a &quot;serious imbalance in the environment of Bangladesh,&quot; according to representatives of Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh. This makes the increased use of improved cookstoves – and the country's growing emphasis on planting trees – even more important.&#160; </p><p>By providing clean, efficient cookstoves to Ramoni, Nor and more than 250 other people, Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh is meeting the significant goals of its program. Slowing the deforestation of rural Bangladesh, improving the air quality in homes, and freeing time and money for other activities are made possible in part because of gifts to ELCA World Hunger. This sustainable solution to deforestation, indoor air pollution, and high costs for fuel is an innovative way Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh is making an impact, while demonstrating how care of creation can make good economic sense for families.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Ryan P. Cumming, Ph.D., is program director for hunger education with ELCA World Hunger.&#160; He can be reached at Ryan.Cumming@ELCA.org.</em><br></p></div>08/20/2015