World Hunger Appeal



For years at LCR we have championed a campaign to fight against hunger in our midst.  This year may be as important as ever.  As Bread for the World notes, “In the U.S., hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty.”  The coronavirus has put intense pressure on the United States and global economies with millions of people impacted with uncertainty, including job losses. There are estimates worldwide that the number of people unable to afford food could double due the pandemic.

So, what can we do as a mid-sized congregation in suburban Cincinnati?  Well, we can move mountains! 

Wait…is the Hunger Task Force really asking me to move a mountain!? Yes, we are, but a mountain through perspective.

“…For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20

There are figurative mountains that exist both in the United States and the world that keep people from the abundance of sustenance on this Earth.  Poverty and pandemic are two massive, growing, and intertwined obstacles that separate our brothers and sisters from a nutritious meal.  With the benevolence of LCR through our Hunger Appeal, we can move some of those mountains.                                                                   

For years we have extended our outreach efforts to the Doppenbergs in Guatemala, Manna from Heaven, SEM, IPM, God’s Global Barnyard, Northern Kentucky Hunger Relief, ELCA World Hunger, and others.  What a list of impact! 

This year we would like to introduce a new beneficiary that the Hunger Task Force has been working with called the Meigs Cooperative Parish.  This cooperative of churches operates in Meigs County, Ohio and is located just east of Athens.  This is an area in which Joe Burrow (rookie Bengals quarterback) has recently highlighted the plight of the people there on a national scale.  The poverty rates in the county are some of the worst in Ohio, and Meigs has only two grocery stores for the entire county!  Through Meigs Cooperative Parish we are working on supporting a community garden that will be used and maintained by local residents to grow fresh and nutritious produce. Additionally, we are looking at ways to help support the food pantry that feeds people weekly for only $3 a meal (or free if unable to pay).  We are excited to be able to support a ministry in Ohio, through donations from our hunger appeal, that aligns with our focus.

Hunger Facts

  • 821 million people around the world - that's more than 1 in 10 - can't access the food they need to live active, healthy lives. [1]

  • According to the most recent estimates, 736 million people live in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 per day. That's 10% of the world's population [2]

  • At some point in 2017 (the most recent year available), more than 40 million people in the United States were unsure about where their next meal might come from. [3]

  • 39.7 million Americans were living in poverty in 2017. For a family of four, this means their annual household income was below $25,094. [4]

Our Hunger Partners

[1] Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2018

[2] The World Bank, 2018

[3] USDA, 2018

[4] US Census Bureau, 2018

How can you help?

Join in our learning opportunities.  There is something here for everyone. 

Devotions & Prayers

We invite you to join with us as we join Lutherans and our brothers in sisters around the world in prayer and a time of remembrance for those who are hungry. Below you will find links to download weekly devotionals written by members of our congregation as well as a sample prayer for your possible use. 

Weekly Devotionals

Week 1 - Christie Brown

Week 2 - Adam Vance

Week 3 - Jim Michaelis

Week 4 - Steve Jones

Week 5 - Julie Pahutski

Sample Prayers

1. Look with mercy, gracious God, upon people everywhere who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions. Rouse me from my complacency and help me to eliminate cruelty wherever it is found. Strengthen me and all those who seek equality for all. Granth that everyone may enjoy a fair portion of the abundance of the earth; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

2. Good and gracious God, in the busyness of my days, help me to not turn away from my neighbors in need. Grant me the courage to stand with them, let my voice join with theirs, and let my actions reflect the example I have in your Son, Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Need a copy of Evangelical Lutheran Worship? Check out the online version here!


Videos & Bible Readings

We invite you to watch the videos about our hunger partners and what they are doing to help end hunger.  We encourage you to find out what the Bible says about hunger.


Video:  ELCA in India                                                                       Video: Meigs Cooperative












Video: InterParish Ministries                                                         Video: SEM












Video: Manna From Heaven

Bible Readings

The Feeding of the 4,000 - Matthew 15:32-39

Be a Gleaner - Deuteronomy 24:19-21; 23:22

The judgment of the Nations - Matthew 25:25

Faith Without Works - James 2:15-17

The Parable of the Good Samaritan - Luke 10:25-37


Children's Pages

Everyone can do something about hunger. 

It is easy to teach your children about hunger.  Print off the children's activity pages and talk to them about ways they can help feed the hungry.

Children's Hunger Pages:

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Page 5



Click the link below to give online. Your monetary donation to the Hunger Appeal will go directly to efforts to eliminate hunger in our local community and around the world.

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