Hunger Awareness and Advocacy

The Hunger Awareness and Advocacy Group

The Hunger Awareness and Advocacy Group meets monthly on a Tuesday evening (September-May) 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. Interested? Contact: Vernita Kennen.

Upcoming Events

Offering of Letters at Incarnation

Sunday, October 13 following all morning services

“Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow” is the theme of the 2020 Offering of Letters which is a time when constituents write to elected officials asked them to protect and increase funding for global nutrition and support global initiatives to accelerate progress on nutrition. Churches alone cannot solve the issue of hunger; we need to work together with our government to do so. Stop by the table in the Atrium and Gathering Space following morning services to learn how and what to communicate to our federal officials on this important matter. It’s an issue for all people of faith.

Hunger Awareness and Advocacy Group meetings

The 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Bethany Lounge.

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 the places the group has visited.Here is a list of the places the group has visited.

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.

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.

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Day on the Hill, St. Paul – April 1, 2020