"If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday." - Isaiah 58:10 (ESV)
In the United States, more than 34 million people, including 9 million children, are food insecure. In Ohio, one in six children face hunger. Lack of jobs that provide a living wage has always been one of the root causes of hunger in the U.S. Add in a global pandemic, followed by rising inflation, and the number of people experiencing hunger and food insecurity has risen exponentially.
What does The United Methodist Church say?
"Jesus’ own concern for human need in his ministry is a model for the church’s concern. His opposition to those who would ignore the needs of the neighbor makes clear that we grossly misunderstand and fail to grasp God’s grace if we imagine that God overlooks, condones, or easily tolerates our indifference to the plight of our neighbors, our greed and selfishness, or our systems of injustice and oppression." - UM Book of Resolutions, #4051
"In spite of general affluence in the industrialized nations, the majority of persons in the world live in poverty. In order to provide basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, education, health care, and other necessities, ways must be found to share more equitably the resources of the world. … As a church, we are called to support the poor and challenge the rich." - UM Social Principles, The Economic Community, Poverty
What can You do?
Hunger and food insecurity has risen exponentially due to the inflation caused by COVID-19. You can use this easy form to write to Congress to encourage support for:
- Read about some of the causes of hunger here
- Explore an online poverty simulation experience
- Advocate for better policies regarding hunger and poverty
- Volunteer at a hunger ministry in your community
- Look at suggestions for how you can start a hunger ministry