Hunger Network

Helping to make food and resources available to everyone through education and partnerships around the world.


Help build a ‘Little Free Pantry’

July 2018

The Northeastern Iowa Synod Hunger Network is looking for people to build little pantry boxes to help put food on the table in area neighborhoods.

Through the Little Free Pantry project, the Network will give the boxes to congregations willing to display and maintain the boxes and keep them filled with supplies. The project is based on the “Little Free Libraries” displayed in neighborhoods where people can take a book and share a book.

The Hunger Network plans to start with five pantry boxes, which will be made of wood and glass. Congregations interested in hosting a pantry would need to enter into a covenant with the synod to agree to keep the pantry supplied with nonperishable food and personal care items. Congregations will be responsible for installing, displaying and maintaining the pantries on their church property so that people can access the pantries 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year round.

The Hunger Network is seeking people to volunteer to help build the boxes. All materials will be provided. The goal is to have the boxes ready to distribute in September.

If anyone is interested in helping assemble a box or contribute to the cost of materials, or if your congregation wants a box, please email Alison Pettit, Hunger Network facilitator, or call the synod office, 319-352-1414.



Hunger Network


  • The right to obtain food in a dignified manner
  • Relief, development, education and advocacy as co-essential responses to hunger



  • We support and facilitate relationships between local expressions of the church as they fight hunger locally and globally so that no one must remain hungry.



  • Advocacy of hunger issues locally and globally
  • World Hunger Appeal
  • Wells
  • Develop the Hunger Network within the Northeastern Iowa Synod
  • Network with companion synods on hunger issues.



  • Remind pastors and church staff to open and use their ELCA World Hunger Action Guides for Congregations.
  • Post Action Guide ideas on Facebook.
  • Inform congregations of resources available to help people in need.






World Hunger mascot available

Kevin BaconsmThe Hunger Network invites congregations to borrow the synod’s wooden pig mascot to help promote ELCA World Hunger.

To reserve the mascot, contact Pastor Mark Anderson through email or by phone, 319-352-1414.



ELCA World Hunger

NE Iowa Hunger Work Group ELCA 

Northeast Iowa Food Bank Pantries

Iowa Food Pantries



Alison Pettit


Synod Council Liaisons

Nicole Kiefer
Carrie Wall


Synod Staff

Rev. Mark A. Anderson