Ending hunger isn’t just about food. It’s about access, it’s about justice, it’s about caring for creation and each other. It’s about hope for the world we want to live in. Ending hunger means recognizing the ways God is at work in farming communities and the ways God is calling all of us, together, to be part of the solution.
The world produces more than enough food for every person, but the number of people experiencing hunger is growing. Farmers see the beauty of new life and the hope of new harvests. But many farmers also bear witness to the deep inequities that scar our food systems and leave communities vulnerable to hunger and poverty. The very people whose hard work and ingenuity provide the world’s food all too often struggle to feed themselves and their families.
The Youth Gathering may be canceled, but the work of the church is more important than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic and violent conflict around the world, especially in Ukraine, have led to a rise in hunger unlike any we have seen in recent history.
As you plan for new activities and events this summer for youth, we invite you to join us in ELCA World Hunger’s Global Farm Challenge, a youth-focused, whole-church campaign to accompany our neighbors who are facing threats of hunger and poverty around the world.