Working Together to Create a World Free from Hunger
We know there is no simple solution to our planet’s malnutrition epidemic. That’s why we’re tackling it from every angle: feeding individuals and equipping communities, engaging nearby and abroad, meeting needs and advocating for justice. The United Methodist Church believes that if we open our eyes to the injustice of a hungry world, it can change lives.
If you already have a hunger ministry at your church, then download our 15- and 30-second videos and show them in worship services or on social media. You can also order a customized 23-second video by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dedicate a Sunday to hunger and use our bulletin cover and worship slides in worship. If you do not have a hunger ministry, then check out our tips below to help you move in the right direction.
Top 10 tips when starting a hunger ministry:
- Take a moment to read the “Feeding of the Five Thousand” – John 6: 1-14 (it reminds us of what happens when one person shares what they have)
- Recognize that at some level we all have our own poverty, need or brokenness (think of feeding the hungry as a parallel journey together with your own spiritual journey)
- Educate yourself about hunger (know it is an urban, suburban and rural problem, and talk to people working with hunger in your area)
- Do things from community up (can’t just think of an idea and hope everyone will latch on to it – support from community is crucial)
- Explore who is already at work in the community (ask non-profits, community organizations and other churches; join together to build support)
- Take a multi-level approach (no single thing can end hunger, so might have to develop programs that build on each other or something already in place)
- Feed people, love them, offer them a safe place to come or share and talk (know that there is no magic quick fix and it could take time to build – be satisfied with making a start and seeing where it goes)
- Consider your own decisions you make about food (only buy what you need, start a giving jar in your home, educate those around you, pray for the hungry)
- Take the SNAP challenge - (see what it is like to live on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program allowance for an entire week)
- Find ways to involve all ages, families to older adults (use our resources content on rethinkchurch.org link to hunger bucket to educate your congregation on this important issue)
Once you have developed a hunger ministry, use our resources to prepare a worship service for your community.