ELCA World Hunger

More than 800 million people — that’s 1 in 8 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 with and through our congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands 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. Learn More.

Hunger facts
  • 868 million people – that’s 1 in 8 – are chronically hungry and cannot lead active daily lives. [1]
  • 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty, living on less than $1.25 per day. [2]
  • In the United States, more than 50 million people do not know where their next meal will come from. [3]
  • 46.2 million Americans are living in poverty. [4]
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