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Winter 2008-2009 ELCA World Hunger Resource Packet now available November 14, 2008
by Melissa Ramirez Cooper, ELCA News Service

To equip the 4.7 million members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to help end hunger in the world, an ELCA World Hunger Resource Packet is now available. The packet contains a variety of resources to help Lutherans learn more about the causes of world hunger and work together to end it.

Available twice a year, the packet illustrates how ELCA World Hunger is a connected, comprehensive and compassionate program that helps individuals and communities rise above poverty into self-sufficiency, said Sue Edison-Swift, communication director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal. “The program is connected because because it’s relationship-driven. It’s comprehensive because there are many causes to hunger, so solutions need to be equally diverse, and it’s also compassionate because it focuses on meeting the needs of the most vulnerable,” she said.

New resources in the packet include a congregational bulletin about water; Taking Root — a hunger education curriculum for children and youth; and 1-2-3 Contact! — a sign-up form to receive the resource packet and/or LifeLines by mail. The packet also includes the 2007-2009 ELCA Good Gifts giving catalog; reproducible stories for bulletins and newsletters that show how gifts to the ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal make a difference in the lives of people; and “God’s Math 40-day calendar” designed to raise awareness, commitment and funds for the ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal and Stand With Africa. It also carries copies of Congregation Connections and ELCA World Hunger Top 40 Resource Catalog, two popular resources updated every year.