Hunger Awareness and Advocacy

Upcoming Opportunities

Offering of Letters

Incarnation’s annual Offering of Letters was held on May 1st. Our focus, using Bread for the World’s emphasis and information, was on federal legislation to help end hunger both domestically and   globally. Efforts to end child hunger remain a special focus. Contacting your federal Senators and Representative are still important even if our one-day emphasis is over.  The global “ask” has passed the House and is headed for the Senate; you may want to thank your representative for helping in that effort.

Hunger is NOT a partisan issue, but it is a moral issue. None of God’s children should be hungry when there is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone every day. Please join in asking our elected officials for their support. Sample letters may be found here:

Letter for Global Ask

Letter for Domestic Ask

Incarnation is hosting a special “In This Together” mosaic display during the month of May. This tri-panel piece has a “Feed the World” panel and a “Love the Earth” panel as well as one that was assembled by attendees at a Minneapolis synod assembly. The art will enhance our efforts at ending hunger both here and abroad.

Hunger Awareness and Advocacy Group Meetings 

Incarnation’s Hunger Awareness and Advocacy Group meets monthly to learn more about hunger, food insecurity and related issues in our communities, our country, and around the world. The group shares current information, studies books together, and supports programs and projects at Incarnation related to hunger. They advocate for changes in systems and policies which keep people hungry and in poverty and encourage others to do so. An annual field trip adds to the knowledge about hunger and its possible solutions.

The group is welcoming and always open to new people. Meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. September – May. Meetings are held in Bethany Lounge or over zoom, depending on the state of the pandemic. Interested in being a part? Contact: Vernita Kennen.

The Hunger Awareness and Advocacy Group has read number of books on hunger and hunger related issues over the years; check out the list of books they’ve read here. Also, the group has taken annual field trips to local organizations, learning of tangible ways that organizations are working to diminish the weight of hunger on lives. Here is a list of places the group has visited, including Dream of Wild Health.

Stay Connected and Receive Alerts

Don’t have time for a monthly meeting but are interested in joining an Advocacy Alert Network? This email connection sends alerts and information on an “as needed” basis when immediate advocacy is needed (phone calls or email or texts) to elected officials. Ask to be added to the email list by contacting Vernita Kennen.

Joint Religion Legislative Coalition

Guided by God’s vision of the common good as reflected in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions, the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition mobilizes religious communities to influence public policy in Minnesota, and Incarnation is a member congregation of the JRLC. The JRLC’s online Day on the Hill was held on March 15; watch the video of the presentation here.

Christian Service

Christian service is described as works of justice as well as works of mercy. In addition to one-on one caring for people who suffer injustice, service means working to change the situations that created the victims in the first place. It can be understood as the “two feet” model; we need to walk on both feet to walk well and get us where we want to go.

 

Direct Service/Works of Mercy

This foot of the two foot model includes all the ways in which we help people survive their present crisis through acts of mercy. Incarnation does this through ELCA World Hunger, our ministry partners (LifeHaven, Solid Ground, Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, Feed My Starving Children, Blessing Bags) as well as through individual volunteer gifts and actions.

 

Change/Works of Justice

The other foot of the two foot model are actions work to change policies and programs which bring about the problems of people who are suffering injustice. At Incarnation, this includes educational opportunities, being informed voters, being in coalition with others of faith working for justice, and personal and corporate advocacy with state and federal elected officials. Some of the organizations that facilitate these actions are ELCA Advocacy, Lutheran Advocacy – Minnesota, Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, Bread for the World and Bread for the World MN. The St. Paul Area Synod, of which Incarnation is a part, has a blog site entitled “Addressing Hunger” that offers information and ideas on how individuals and groups can address hunger and hunger related issues.