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“We are all beggars”
Posted on June 4, 2012 by Advocacy Ministries of the ELCA
the Rocky Mountain Synod
Hunger Network Newsletter
Daily Bread 2012 Archive
Daily Bread 2011 Archive
The ELCA World Hunger Program improves the lives of people in need in the United States and around the world by:
providing immediate relief for people affected by chronic hunger and poverty;
assisting whole communities through long-term, sustainable development to help alleviate chronic hunger and poverty
advocating for justice by changing laws and systems
educating members of the ELCA in awareness of issues relating to hunger, poverty and justice
For an explanation of how the World Hunger Appeal works, resources for educatioin, and how you can help, visit the hunger pages on the ELCA website.
How and where to donate
to the world hunger appeal
For accounting purposes, the most preferable method is through your local congregation (#1 below).
#1 Individuals & Local Congregations
If you have an envelope “check off” or designation, make your check to your church and place in the appropriately marked envelope and place in your Sunday collection. If no special envelope or designation, make the check to ELCA WORLD HUNGER APPEAL and place in your Sunday collection.
#2 Rocky Mountain Synod
Make your check out to ELCA WORLD HUNGER APPEAL and note your congregation’s name in the remarks or memo line. Send to the Rocky Mountain Synod.
Disaster Response Contributions:
For donations to Disaster Response, make checks payable to ELCA INTERNATIONAL DISASTER RESPONSE, or ELCA DOMESTIC DISASTER RESPONSE and note the disaster area you are supporting. Utilize the above methods/addresses.
- The USDA estimates that every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates as much as $9 of economic activity.
- The United States is the world's largest consumer of sweeteners (including high-fructose corn syrup) and among the largest sugar importers.
(Source: Economic Research Service-USDA)
- A food price spike in 2010/11 prevented 48.6 million people from escaping poverty in the short-run.
(Source: 2013, Bread for the World report, p.34)
From 2000-2011, poverty in the United States increased from 11.3 percent to 15.0 percent.
Source: Carmen DeNavas-Walt, Bernadette D. Proctor, and Jessica C. Smith (September 2012), Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States, 2011, U.S. Census Bureau
- About 70% of the poor living below $1.25 a day are now in middle-income countries.
- An estimated 22 million U.S. children use SNAP to purchase a nutritionally adequate diet. This represents close to 1 in 3 children (29 percent) in the United States. (Source: 2013 Bread for the World Hunger Report, 114; Notes #2)
- In 2011, ELCA Lutherans generously gave more that 30 million dollars to the ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal and to the ELCA Malaria Campaign.
- 515 million youth, nearly 45% of all youth (age 15-24), live on less than $2 per day.
- About 75% of the world's poor people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihood.
- A recent study finds that of the 4 billion tons of food produced in the world each year, about half is thrown away, allowed to rot, or fed to animals. (Source: Marketplace.org)
- When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.
- Over the last 3 decades the share of the family budget spent on food has fallen for all but the poorest Americans.
- The United States spent about $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2010 on emergency food aid that reached about 46.5 million beneficiaries.
- The U.S. Census data released September 12, 2012 reported that of the 46.2 million Americans living in poverty in 2011, 16.1 million are children.
- The National School Lunch Program serves 31 million children per day, 2/3 qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.
- In fiscal year 2011, more than 31.8 million children each day got their lunch through the National School Lunch Program.
- In 2010 47% of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participants were under age 18 and 8% were age 60 or older.
- .6% of the federal budget is spent on poverty focused development assistance.
- Deep poverty is defined as 50% of poverty level. For a family of four this means $7.55/person per day for all expenses.
- The average monthly gross income for all SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- Previously the Food Stamp Program) households in 2010 was $731.
- Clean water -- whether from an improved water source, boiled, or treated -- is a necessity anywhere cereal-based food aid is distributed, because these products must be mixed with water.
- In 2008 only 57% of the global population got its drinking water from a piped connection in the user's dwelling, plot or yard.
- In 2011 14.9% (17.9 million) U.S. households were food insecure, the highest record observed since 2008.